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Last month I blogged about our progress over the last 12 months in our work on developing equity, diversity and inclusion within social investment. This blog outlines our priorities for the year ahead. These are baked into our strategy and operational plans, and build on the progress made and the commitments we have made both as part of the Quadrennial […]
A year ago I blogged about our progress on strengthening our equality impact including on equity, on diversity and inclusion across Access’s work. 12 months on and we have made progress in a number of areas, but we know there is much more to do. This blog reflects on the last 12 months. As last year this update is broadly structured around the […]
Big Society Capital recently published their Deal Level Data (DLD) and their broader Market Data to December 2020. This data contains a wealth of information about the social investment market and how it is changing over time. At Access, one aspect that we are always particularly interested in is how the Growth Fund (managed by […]
To justify the use of precious grant to blend with social investment we have to be confident that blended finance programmes are doing things which social investment on its own (without grant subsidy) cannot do. This has always been the logic behind the Growth Fund; it was designed to fill a gap in the supply […]
This month Ecorys and ATQ published the latest instalment of their Growth Fund evaluation, which is commissioned by The National Lottery Community Fund – a funder of the programme alongside Big Society Capital and co-investors. Alongside some programme data, the report is based on interviews that Ecorys and ATQ conducted with eleven of the fifteen […]
Access launched the Enterprise Development Programme (EDP) because the growth of earned income is one key way that charities and social enterprises can achieve greater resilience. EDP uses a sector-focused approach to identify relevant charities and social enterprises and provide them with an appropriate combination of grants and peer-learning opportunities. In 2020, the Enterprise Development […]
The clues are in the names. Access’s work is all about opening up social investment so that barriers to accessing finance are removed and more organisations can benefit. We called our major investment readiness fund the “Reach” Fund to highlight how we wanted to enable social investors to be able to reach further into the […]