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2018 is a year when we will begin to get the answers to some of the major unanswered questions in UK social investment.
Readers will recall that we invest our endowment using a “total impact approach” – this means using our endowment to achieve maximum social impact while meeting our financial requirements. We established our “Bull’s Eye model” to prioritise how we choose to invest: In the inner ring of the Bull’s Eye (Tier 1) we invest directly in […]
Following David Floyd’s blog series for Access last year, Gen Maitland Hudson continues with the theme of subsidy in our latest guest blog, considering subsidy and measurement in social investment There’s a fine double example of subsidy in Andrew Adonis’ resignation letter that livened up the week between Christmas and New Year. The former chair […]
Today’s announcement of an additional £10m grant to Access and £25m social investment to BSC, beyond the £100m committed to them in 2012, is significant. The grant to Access represents the first time that funds from dormant accounts have been used in to support blended capital approaches. It is encouraging to see that the […]
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 […]
I was impressed by the launch of the latest report from the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing a couple of weeks ago. It’s easy to be cynical about these sorts of reports and their launches: with talk of eye watering sums of money, and claims that tackling the most complex challenges in society […]
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, […]