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Social Investment Intelligence Network releases its first report

While there is plenty of available research on the demand from investors for social investment opportunities – and periodic research into the demand for finance from charities and social enterprises – there is little ongoing, up-to-date information available about the nature of this demand for...

New online platform launched to support impact management

Access and New Philanthropy Capital have launched impactsupport.org, an online platform co-designed with charities and social and enterprises to offer practical support for impact planning, data and culture. The site – built with “ real insight, experience and grit from across the voluntary, public and private...

The growth of purpose-driven business

B Lab UK has released new research showing that registered B Corps grew 28 times faster than UK GDP over the past 12 months. Average year-on-year growth of B Corps- businesses that achieve a high level of social or environmental outcomes - was 14% in the past year. 150 B Corps have registered...

Social entrepreneurs head to Davos

The World Economic Forum takes place at Davos this week with global leaders meeting to discuss the social and economic impact of changing technology, demographic and political shifts amongst other things. Topics of key concern for those leaders include the risks of involuntary migration, climate change...

Social Sector Leaders Gather at SOCAP

This week sees the SOCAP15 conference take place in San Francisco with 10,000 global leaders from social enterprises and impact investing gathering. Ahead of the conference there's plenty of interesting content on the SOCAP site, tickling attendee's tastebuds of what's to come. One of the teaser pieces we found...

60 founding members celebrate the launch of B Corp UK

The US non-profit B Labs has officially launched the B Corp certification in the UK with over 60 British companies being certified as founding B Corps, joining international B Corps such as Etsy. Amongst the founding members were a number of impact investing organisations, demonstrating their commitment to B Corps aim of...

Report upbeat about the UK social enterprise sector

Social Enterprise UK, a national body for social enterprises in the UK, have published the findings from their 2015 'State of Social Enterprise' survey.  The survey includes responses from over 1100 social enterprises, a significant increase from previous years, but a relatively small proportion of...

Social entrepreneurship and education

There appears to be growing attention around the role of education in social impact and social entrepreneurs with a number of blogs addressing the subject in recent weeks. The Huffington Post presented a business case for social education, arguing that such education would yield benefits for businesses in equipping...

Queen’s Speech: Social Enterprise UK recap

Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for UK social enterprises, have recapped last week's Queen's Speech, highlighting considerations relevant for social enterprises. Amongst other things, the speech outlined the Charity (Protection and Social Investment bill), aiming to better facilitate social investment for interested charities.  Check out the full list here....

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...

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...

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,...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Mark Cheng, Director of Ashoka UK

Join us for our June happy hour with Mark Cheng, founder of social venture investment and advisory firm Chelwood Capital, Director of Ashoka UK - the global network of entrepreneurial "changemakers" - and a whole lot more. As a founder and Executive Director of Chelwood Capital, an international corporate...