Big Issue Invest Powers Up Scottish social ventures with £500,000 of investment

Applications for a lending scheme offering investment and support to 12 social enterprises with £500,000 worth of investment, will open for early-stage social ventures across Scotland have now opened. Big Issue Invest’s Power Up Scotland programme was first launched in November 2017 and has supported 19 social business to date with a total of close to £500,000. The programme is funded by partners, abrdn, University of Edinburgh, Experian, Places for People and the Scottish Government with legal support from Brodies LLP. Social Stories Club was one of the 19 social…

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Big Issue Invest reports value of positive social impact delivered by Invisible Cities to be £187,700

Invisible Cities, the social enterprise that trains people who have previously experienced Homelessness, to become walking tour guides of their own city in Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and York – has recently worked with Big Issue Invest to develop a report, measuring their social impact.  The social impact delivered by Invisible Cities is achieved both in the direct employment of tour providers and through the wider training and advocacy work delivered by the team. Invisible Cities has supported 13 people directly to generate sustainable income with three going on to suitable further employment. Big Issue Invest has estimated a social value of £187,700 generated…

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Big Issue Invest and Sport England join forces to improve the lives of young people affected by Covid 19

The social investment arm of The Big Issue, Big Issue Invest (BII), is investing £1.25 million  from its Outcomes Investment Fund, set up with investment from Big Society Capital, into a programme that will support over 6,000 young people across 21 local areas in the UK to improve their lives, through sports and activity. The Chances Programme, co-developed by Substance in partnership with the Life Chances Fund, Sport England and BII, is committed to harnessing the power of sport to enhance the life-chances of disadvantaged young people aged 8-17 years,…

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Big Issue Invest and GO Lab launch first report on data transparency in the social outcomes sector

Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, and the University of Oxford’s Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) within the Blavatnik School of Government are proud to release the ‘Exploring Social Investment – An Indigo Technical & Learning Report’ detailing their collaboration towards data sharing in the social outcomes contract sector. The report showcases how Big Issue Invest (BII) and GO Lab worked together to publish the contract, finance and impact data for the investments made within Big Issue Invests’ Outcomes Investment Fund (OIF). The report launch…

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Big Issue Invest launches Impact report 2020 to mark 10 years since the launch of its first ever investment fund

Big Issue Invest (BII) has launched its Impact Report revealing that between April 2019 and March 2020, the social investor supported 160 investees with a total of £41.7 million.  In turn, collectively, the social enterprises were able to provide services to over 1 million customers in the UK that are often marginalised from mainstream support and opportunities or live in the most deprived areas. St Helena’s Hospice (SHH) is just one of the social enterprises supported by Big Issue Invest. SHH helps local people facing incurable illness and bereavement, supporting…

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