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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, […]
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 […]