The Alternative Commission for Social Investment

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.


Spin Out, Step Up

Over the past few years, there has been increasing interest in both the idea of social investment and the phenomenon of public service ‘spin-outs’ and mutuals. Meanwhile, almost unheralded, a new breed of organisations have emerged from Primary Care Trusts and other parts of an evolving public sector. This report looks at the finance needs of spin-outs, based on evidence and stories from the spin-outs ourselves and delivered by Social Enterprise UK.

This report was prepared for Social Enterprise UK by Dan Gregory with support from Charlotte Chung, Ruty Geva and Nick Temple.


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.


Mind the Finance Gap: Evidencing demand for community finance

The Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), with the support of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, commissions ICF GHK to undertake a review of the state-of-play in community finance.

The findings suggest current potential annual demand for community finance in the UK of some £5.45 to £6.75 billion.