Big Issue Invest Power Up Scottish social ventures with £600,000 of investment

A celebratory event was held at the Playfair Library Hall, Old College, in Edinburgh on Thursday 12th March, to mark a £600,000 investment and business support into 12 Scottish social ventures by Big Issue Invest. Big Issue Invest’s Power Up, a lending scheme offering investment and support to early stage social ventures across Scotland, was first launched in November 2017 and has supported 18 social business to date with a total of close to 1 million (£950,000) of investment. The programme​ is funded by partners, Aberdeen Standard Investments, University of…

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Big Issue Invest commits £1.5 million to support lottery business that supports hospices and charities across the UK

The social arm of The Big Issue has invested £1.5 million in a lottery business that supports the hospice and wider charity sector across the UK. Big Issue Invest (BII), made the investment into St Helena Hospice in order for the hospice to grow its lottery services to allow them to generate more income to support not only their own hospice services but those of 13 other hospices and 7 charities across the UK. St Helena Hospice runs a successful in-house lottery business, which was opened up to other hospices…

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Big Issue Invest to host social enterprise event in Brixham to support social businesses in the South West

Big Issue Invest (BII) is calling on social enterprises across the South West of England to sign-up to a social enterprise networking event, taking place in Brixham in Devon next month. ‘Network, Share & Learn’ is taking place from 10.30 – 14.00 on October 3rd, 2019 at YES Brixham and is free to attend. The event will allow social enterprises across the South West of England to go along and share their experiences. It will be comprised of workshops on finance, running community businesses and social investment. There will also…

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The UK Equity Impact Employment Opportunities Fund’s First Annual Impact Report

Aberdeen Standard Investments has published its first annual impact report for the UK Equity Impact Employment Opportunities Fund. Launched in February 2018, the Fund positions itself as an innovative and compelling solution for those investors who wish to invest in UK equities in pursuit of both societal and financial benefits. In collaboration with Big Issue Invest (BII), the social investment arm of the Big Issue Group, the impact objective of the Fund is to support ‘decent job’ creation in the UK. Investment in skills and attracting talent has become a basis…

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Big Issue Invest commits £227,000 to support people affected by mental health problems in London to enter employment

An organisation that aims to support over 300 people with severe mental health problems enter the workplace across multiple London boroughs has received investment through an outcomes-based contract from Big Issue Invest’s (BII) Outcomes Investment Fund. BII, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, made the £227,000 investment into the Mental Health and Employment Partnership (“MHEP”) last month. The £227,000 that has been committed by BII will support people, in the London boroughs of Haringey and Barnet, who without intensive support are statistically unlikely to enter the job market.…

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