In Pursuit of Readiness: Evaluation of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund

The Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) ensured that promising social ventures were better equipped to compete for public service contracts and secure other forms of investment. ICRF spent £13.2m and supported 155 ventures, with an average grant of £85k. This report, commissioned by Social Investment Business (SIB) and the Cabinet Office and undertaken by Ecorys, uses evidence from ventures, providers and investors to assess the impact of ICRF and makes recommendations for similar funds in the future.

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Credit Suisse | Investing for impact: How social entrepreneurship is redefining the meaning of return

Investors are increasingly rejecting the notion that they face a binary choice between investing for maximum risk-adjusted financial return or donating money
to social and environmental causes. These impact investors are proactively using their investments to generate a tangible social or environmental impact,
while also having the potential for some financial return.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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