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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. […]
Please find here Access’s’ response to the HMT call for evidence on Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). In our response we have set out the case for why a combination of tax relief and blended finance working in unison allow for the best long term provision of subsidy to help social investment meet the needs […]
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, […]