Big Issue Invest (BII) is the social investment arm of The Big Issue.
Our mission – to back sustainable social enterprises and ventures that help tackle poverty and inequality.

We help scale up social enterprises and charities throughout the UK by providing loans and investments, not grants, from £50,000 to £1 million. BII can also work with partner social investors to provide finance above £1 million. If you're looking for finance up to £50,000 please click here for our Corporate Social Venturing Challenge.

In June 2012, Big Issue Invest and TSELF merged to create one of the UK's largest social investment intermediaries – the first merger in the sector between two Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs).
 

  • By social entrepreneurs - for social entrepreneurs

    We are led by social entrepreneurs and experienced social financiers who have first hand experience of building and running social businesses in both good and difficult times.

    Our Board and partners bring together a wealth of experience, innovation and success that adds strength and depth to the support we offer and the relationships we build.

    As a social enterprise ourselves, we pay any dividends generated up to our parent, The Big Issue, also a social enterprise with a charitable arm, The Big Issue Foundation.
     

  • Work with us

    The organisations we support tell us they like partnering with a team that shares their values – and that understands how finance can be the fuel for transformational change.

    To see if we are the right partner for you call us on 020 7526 3448 or email enquiries@bigissueinvest.com.
     

     

     

Latest News

  • Are you interested in working with us?

    We're looking for a Senior Investment Manager and Investment Analyst to join our growing team.

    Click here to find out how to apply and download the full job descriptions.

  • CORPORATE SOCIAL VENTURING 2014

    Early stage social businesses across England are being challenged to apply for vital investment capital and business mentoring support that will potentially propel their ventures to the next level. 

    BII’s Corporate Social Venturing Challenge is back: £500,000 investment available for innovative early stage social businesses

    Click here to read more.

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  • BIG ISSUE INVEST STUDY HIGHLIGHTS ‘SOCIAL VALUE’ OF UK PRIVATE EQUITY

    New research suggests private equity can help to rebalance the UK economy, spreading growth and job opportunities more equally across regions and communities.

    The study was led by Mark Hepworth, head of research and policy for Big Issue Invest, contact: mark@bigissueinvest.com.

    Click here to read more and download the full report. Read the Pioneers Post article here.

  • Big Issue Invest celebrate winning major national award

    The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, in partnership with the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA), celebrate excellence in community finance.

    Photo copyright Chris Hughes.

    At the awards ceremony in Bristol, BII were named as the winner of the Community in Partnership award and were presented with a £20,000 prize.

    This award celebrates partnerships that have improved access to finance.  It recognised the achievement of BII in its work to tackle financial exclusion through the Rental Exchange initiative, in partnership with Experian. Click here to read more.

  • THREADNEEDLE AND BIG ISSUE INVEST BRING SOCIAL INVESTING TO THE MAINSTREAM WITH LAUNCH OF UK SOCIAL BOND FUND

    Pioneering UK retail investment into social sector

    Threadneedle Investments (Threadneedle) announces it will launch the Threadneedle UK Social Bond Fund in partnership with Big Issue Invest.

    Click here to read more

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