This is a hugely valuable resource that challenges many of the ideas abounding about what the commission is calling “social investment“, offering key recommendations to help grow this impact-orientated investment sector. From current definitions of social impact investment and discussions of the needs of social sector organisations (or “social enterprises“) to a very clear exploration of what we can do to help social investment work better.
Starting Impact Investing Angel Groups: A Resource Pack
This report lays out the findings of a six month Big Lottery funded project to examine the feasibility of developing regional impact investing angel groups in two identified regions: Greater Manchester and the Midlands. Included within this report is a resource pack of documents that may be useful in creating a regional angel group.
The ClearlySo Guide for The Ambitious Social Entrepreneur
ClearlySo started because, simply put, we thought that the social economy should be bigger. One thing that we thought was missing was a central source of information on the relevant host of issues for social businesses and enterprises to help them become successful. So we decided to put together this guide for you. Whether you read this guide word for word or select the aspects that apply to your venture, it contains essential information on the finance available, legal structures, public bodies, tax regimes, networks, industry intelligence and support organisations that can help social businesses and enterprises flourish.
Growing the Social Investment Marketplace: Investment Readiness in the UK
Informed by responses from some 1255 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (arguably the largest survey pool in the sector to date), this report demonstrates an urgent need for more support to kick-start the nascent social investment sector in the UK. Another key finding was a series of mismatches between investee and potential investor. 47% of survey respondents who were unable to raise capital felt they were not missing any relevant marketing, business or financial skills - in stark contrast to the views of investors who identified the lack of finance skills as a deal breaker. A further mismatch identified was between the type of finance sought (largely risk capital) and the financing available (more secured lending).