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In recent months the Reach Fund has seen a significantly larger than anticipated increase in eligible applications, leading to expenditure in some months of more than double the budget. We have therefore had to think carefully about how we manage this going forward in order to ensure that the fund can remain available for as […]
This blog post has been written by the Ti Group, Access’s learning partner. It is based on interviews with 12 witnesses who were or are directly involved in the process as well as a review of all of the internal documentation as well as what is public. Where an opinion is expressed, this is the […]
This week our Enterprise Development partnership is announcing its re-launch following a successful pilot year, with two new sectors (Equality and Mental Health) being added to the existing cohort of Homelessness and Youth Work. The full launch of the programme each of the four sectors will happen over the next few weeks and months. Choosing […]
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 […]
Last week Seb gave his key takeaways from SEUK’s published State of Social Enterprise survey, “Capitalism in Crisis”. As he discussed, the survey reveals much to be positive about in relation to the ongoing need for smaller amounts of social investment and an increased ability and willingness to access it. Since then we’ve been looking […]
Social Enterprise UK published their biennial State of the Sector survey this week and we are looking in detail at what the data is telling us. The survey reports on the barriers faced by social enterprises to scale and to be sustainable, and as in previous years, it addresses concerns over access to finance. One […]
As part of our Local Access programme, which we’re running in partnership with Big Society Capital, we have invited twelve places to develop proposals for how a blend of grant and repayable finance could benefit their local social economy. Last week, we brought representatives from all twelve places together at Moseley Community Hub in Birmingham. […]