Social Investment

Social Investment is about applying financial, human and physical capital for public benefit and social good. As a specific financial tool, social investment seeks to support revenue generating social enterprise, with each £1 invested being ‘recycled’ for greater impact.

The challenge

Social Investment can address a number of key challenges if applied well, this includes:

  • Providing homes - social investment can be deployed into developing homes for those who would otherwise be without a home or in poor quality accommodation. 

  • Creating employment - social investment can be used to sustain and further the growth of social enterprises which employ people who would not otherwise be able to work. This includes ex-offenders, the long-term unemployed, the recently homeless, recovering addicts or a combination of the above.

  • Providing opportunity - for those who have experienced limited opportunity in their past for whatever reason, social investment can provide a source of funding and expertise that enables people to start and then grow their own social enterprises that put back into their local community.

The response

There are a number of organisations active in this space, providing a combination of services:

  • Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC (BBRC) is a locally led, not-for-profit, social enterprise that seeks to serve its city region via using investment in all forms to catalyse positive change. Of particular interest to BBRC is unlocking local wealth to invest in our homes and communities.

  • Resonance is a social impact investment company. It helps social enterprises to raise capital from like-minded investors and to create impact investment funds, which deliver financial return and targeted social impact.

  • Triodos is a global pioneer of sustainable banking. The company’s mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.

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