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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, […]
Eastside Primetimers has been involved in delivering business support to the social sector for more than a decade including 8 investment readiness projects funded by Access’s Reach Fund. I’m grateful to Access for the invitation to write this blog and share some candid and (hopefully) constructive perspectives about what it’s like. Understanding the Reach Fund […]
Since 2012, the Social Investment Business (SIB) has managed a number of grant funds that have aimed to support charities and social enterprises to raise investment or win contracts. The first ‘readiness’ fund we managed was the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund: since then, we have distributed £40.5m worth of grants on behalf of public […]
We at the TI Group have recently published, in March 2019, a Learning Report related to the first two years of The Reach Fund, in our role as the learning partner of Access – The Foundation for Social Investment.
I was recently invited to be part of a roundtable discussion organised by Charity Finance magazine and hosted by Newton Investment Management to discuss Newton’s 2018 Charity Investment Survey. Charity Finance published a subsequent article, summarising the discussion between myself, Jeremy Wells and Rob Stewart (Newton), Toby Belsom (ShareAction), Andy Nolan (University of Nottingham) and […]
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 […]