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Keen followers of our dashboard will have noticed that the last one we published covering July-September 2019 had a new chart. This graph shows how much Growth Fund money has gone into places of differing degrees of deprivation. It is worthy of a more in-depth look. We have used the index of multiple deprivation (IMD) […]
Richard Litchfield from Eastside Primetimers has kicked off a welcome and timely debate in Pioneers Post about the cost of capital in social investment and the extent to which BSC’s requirements for a c. 5% return on the investments they make is a problem for the market. There a number of important questions raised about […]
BSC’s have published the latest data on social investments made in charities and social enterprises up to the end of 2018. There is a handy toggle on the bottom right of the visualisation which allows you to see the Growth Fund in isolation, or in the context of deals with BSC money in, or all […]
It is pleasing to see the publication of the first two reports from the independent evaluation of the Growth Fund, written by Ecorys and ATQ Consultants. The evaluation is running over the life of the Growth Fund and so these first two reports focus on early lessons, one from the set-up of the overall programme, […]
The Growth Fund has been in operation for over two years, with the first fund launching back in the summer of 2016. Since then nearly 200 organisations have received funding utilising the blended finance model, with an average investment size of £64k. Early indications suggest that there is a need for this type of unsecured […]
Our latest dashboard covers the period up to 30th September 2017 and marks one year since we began producing these quarterly summaries. Here we share the headlines. The Growth Fund The Growth Fund funds organisations to make small (sub £150k) loans to charities and social enterprises in England. By the end of September a total […]
Sophie joined Access for six months as part of the On Purpose Associate Programme, which helps professionals move into purpose-driven careers through a year-long programme comprised of two work placements, training, coaching and mentoring. Here she reflects on her time with Access. My six months at Access has sadly come to an end and, unbelievably, […]