April 2015

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Journey in to Impact Investing

For those of our readers who have joined us at one of our monthly Happy Hours, you'll likely know that many of the questions asked of our hosts relate to their journey from traditional finance in to the social finance sector. On a very similar note, the...

Social Enterprise Financing

TriplePundit, an online news channel dedicated to sustainability, posted an interesting blog post this week outlying '6 steps to finance your new social enterprise'. The post gives tips to aspiring social entrepreneurs including the benefit of entering awards programmes as a way of getting feedback...

Recap: Skoll World Forum

The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, a conference bringing together the leading social entrepreneurs and partner organisations, took place in Oxford last week. For those who missed out on the event itself, the conference's 'highlights' page gives a great recap of the best bits of the...

GIIN: Impact Investing in South Asia

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) recently published a report assessing the impact investing sector in South Asia; the report was part funded via DFID which is indicative of the increasing interest by traditional 'development' agencies in impact investing, as well as the UK's interest in being a centre of excellence...

Unltd Impact Report 2014

Familiar with financial statements and corporate annual reports? But how does your savviness extend to impact reports? For those of us who are still getting to grips with what an 'impact report' entails, check out Unltd's annual impact report for 2014. As one of the foremost providers of...

Thinking about impact investment funds

Pioneers Post, the Social Enterprise Magazine, reported that the UK's largest impact investing fund, the Real Lettings Property Fund (managed by Resonance), closed at £57m last week following its initial launch in 2013. The fund provides move-on accommodation for homeless individuals and families in London,...

Climate change, COP and SDGs

Yes, that's a heck of a lot of acronyms for one short title, but better get used to them as this year sees two key, if  acronym filled, events taking place. For those not already in the know: The Conference of Parties 21 (COP21), the UN led conference...

RBS SE100 annual report released

The RBS SE100, an index of top social enterprises, released its annual data report which highlights the rapid growth of social enterprises over the past year and also offers the opportunity to look back over the past 5 years of data. The statistics presented make for an interesting read,...