Social Investment and Finance Programme
Developed in response to the needs of our members, the Social Investment and Finance Programme (SIFP) aims to improve investment readiness, as well as understanding of social investment and finance.
Our research with our members continues to find that access to finance is the biggest challenge for social enterprises, and the Social Investment and Finance programme aims to improve that situation through both policy and practice.
Policy: Social Enterprise UK is policy lead to the Office for Civil Society on social investment + finance for the entire third sector. To feed into this work, and to help shape a better-functioning social investment marketplace, SEUK has also established the Social Investment Forum - the Forum is a network of the main social investment and finance intermediaries in the sector, and provides a neutral space to share practice, agree collective policy priorities, and facilitate collaboration; for SEUK, it also provides a chance to represent members' views to this group of organisations. The Forum is currently chaired by Nick Temple, SEUK's Director of Business and Enterprise, and meets quarterly (see here for more).
Additionally, Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, sits on the board of the Big Society Trust, in place to ensure that Big Society Capital, the social investment wholesaler launched in April 2012, remains true to its social mission.
Practice: Social Enterprise UK organises events aimed at demystifying the subject of social investment, and helping social enterprises understand the full range of different types of finance available (and where to go to get them). These are intended to address the barriers of jargon, inaccessibility, and unnavigability. See the forthcoming Social Investment Explained for one such example.
SEUK is also available to help members seeking social investment by brokering introductions or helping to signpost them to relevant resources and support.
>> SEUK chairs the Social Investment Forum - a network of social investment and finance intermediaries (SIFIs).
>> For any queries about our programme of work on social investment and finance please contact Charlotte Chung: firstname.lastname@example.org
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