UK Tag

  • All
  • Case Study
  • Interview
  • News
  • Past Events insights
  • Q&A
First close for UK’s first Social Investment Tax Relief fund

Resonance Ltd, a Bristol based impact investment fund manager, has announced the first close of its Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Bristol fund. SITR gives individual investors an additional incentive to get involved in impact investing by offering them a 30% deduction from their income tax...

Big Society Capital publishes top tips for financial advisors

Attracting retail investors to impact investing has been high on the sector's agenda for a long time. This has been evidenced in policy action to date, for example the launch of Social Investment Tax Relief - a tax subsidy for investors in social enterprises -...

Landmark £10m impact investing deal reached

HCT Group, a social enterprise, recently raised a landmark £10m from a variety of impact investors. The deal is reported to be one of the largest UK impact investments made in a front line social organisation. HCT Group operates buses, including in London, and reinvests profits...

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 Investment Tax Relief fund launched

UK impact investing advocates have long discussed how to open impact investing to a broader range of individual investors and the announcement of Social Investment Tax Relief last year sought to address just that. The tax relief seeks to encourage investment in qualifying social enterprises and charities by providing...

CEO of Big Society Capital to step down

Last week it was announced that Nick O'Donohoe, CEO of UK social investment wholesale bank Big Society Capital, will depart by the end of 2015. Whilst much of the media coverage focused on Nick's achievements to date, for example overseeing drawdowns of £136m since BSC's launch, an OpEd published...

TfL green bond issuance

Transport for London (TfL) recently issued their first green bond, a 10year at 2.125% reported by some outlets to be oversubscribed with demand a c.£600m relative to a maximum desired issuance size of £400m. The proceeds of this inaugural green bond issuance will support the objectives of TfL’s Corporate...

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,...

Big Society Capital releases its policy manifesto

Big Society Capital, the UK social investment bank, has published a report "Better Finance, Better Society" to set out their strategic priorities for the social finance section leading in to, and beyond the 2015 general election. The report identifies four policy priorities, the first of which is empowering individuals to...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Matt Mead, CIO at Nesta

Join us for our October 2014 happy hour with Matt Mead, Chief Investment Officer at Nesta. This month's Happy Hour promises to be an interesting and practical discussion on NESTA's burgeoning impact investment activities. NESTA is an independent charity seeking to foster innovation in the UK and Matt...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Andrew Levitt, Investment Director at Bridges Ventures

Join us for our September 2014 happy hour with Andrew Levitt, Investment Director responsible for Social Impact Bonds at Bridges Ventures. Expect an eye-opening deep dive into investments in Social Impact Bonds, Andrew’s area of focus and responsibility at Bridges Ventures. SIB investments have been at...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Filippo Addarii, Young Foundation

Join us for our July 2014 happy hour with Filippo Addarii, Head of EuropeLab and Director of International Strategy at the Young Foundation. Filippo has 12 years’ experience in designing, fundraising for and managing European multi-stakeholder projects for socio-economic development through innovative approaches and civic engagement...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Jonathan Jenkins, Social Investment Business

Join us for our June 2014 happy hour with Jonathan Jenkins from the Social Investment Business. When: Thursday 26th June, 7:30pm at the The Exchange in London Bridge. Our typical Happy Hours resume this month with Jonathan Jenkins hosting. Jonathan is the CEO of the Social Investment Business,...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Nigel Kershaw, CEO of Big Issue Invest

Join us for our first happy hour of 2014 with Nigel Kershaw of Big Issue Invest. We are delighted to host Nigel Kershaw OBE and CEO of Big Issue Invest and Group Chairman of The Big Issue Company at this year’s very first Finance Matters Happy Hour....

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Caroline Mason, COO of Big Society Capital

Join us for our September happy hour with Caroline Mason, COO of Big Society Capital,  the UK's social investment bank. Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment wholesaler, launched in 2012 with a £600m to invest in building the social investment market in the UK. Caroline...

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...

SOCIAL-FINANCE-LOGO
Finance Matters Happy Hour: Martin Rich, Sales Director at Social Finance

Join us for our May happy hour with Martin Rich, Sales Director at Social Finance's London office. Social Finance is well-known in the UK impact investing space as the pioneer of Social Impact Bonds, a structured financial product in which an investor receives an impact-linked rate...