Research

  • Sector research

     

    Sector and Local Perspectives on Social Enterprise Growth

     This report is Big Issue Invest’s first report examining the opportunities and challenges for social enterprise growth taking into account the market and policy context for specific sectors. The report is by Mark Hepworth, Head of Research and Policy and draws on the experience of two of Big Issue Invest’s clients – HCT Group (community transport) and My Time (mental health). 

  • Tackling financial exclusion

     

    Millions of social housing tenants in the UK find it difficult to get the best deals on goods and services or to access affordable credit. One major cause of this is there is very little information about a tenant’s financial history or circumstances held on their ‘credit report’ – making it hard for tenants to prove their identity or reliability as a payer and access benefits and services that most people have come to regard as ‘the norm’.
     

    Big Issue Invest has partnered with Experian to tackle the financial, digital and social exclusion challenges faced by social housing tenants in the UK. We are working with social housing landlords to collect up-to-date rental payment information on tenants living in social housing so as to enable them to build a credit score through Experian’s Rental Exchange.
     

    The proof of concept on this project found that this could benefit over 1.5 million low-income tenants. See The impact of social housing rent-payment data on credit scoring (Dec 2010, Sarah Forster and George Wilkinson). We are looking for more social housing landlords to join this important social initiative.

    Click here to find out more or contact Sarah Forster, Director of Development at sarah@bigissueinvest.co.uk

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  • CORPORATE SOCIAL VENTURING 2014

    London 7 April, 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

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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.

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