Social investment

If you need finance to start or grow a business, a bank loan from a commercial or specialist lender may suit your needs, or social investment.

Social investment is the term given to repayable finance which is invested primarily for doing good. Social investors and lenders invest in projects that are expected to have both a financial return and positive social benefit to the community.

Good Finance

Our partner, Good Finance, helps charities and social enterprises navigate social investment and can provide you with guidance and suggested investors. Find out more on their website.

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Big Issue Invest

Big Issue Invest are the social investment arm of the Big Issue.

They extend the mission of the Big Issue by investing in social enterprises and charities that prevent and tackle poverty and create opportunity for people across the UK.

Big Issue Invest

Clearly So

Clearly So raise investment for businesses, enterprises and charities focused on social impact.

They help individuals and institutions use their capital to back change.

Clearly So

CAF Venturesome

CAF Venturesome a registered charity that’s been connecting charities and social enterprises with philanthropic capital for 14 years.

  • We provide affordable loans to help charities make an impact
  • We’re a leader in social investment and have made over 500 social investments, totalling over £40m
  • We’re supported by funders who want to use their charitable funds to achieve both a social and a financial return.

Big Society Capital

Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution with a social mission, set up to help grow the social investment market.

Big Society Capital

Key Fund

Key Fund provides investment to social enterprises working across the North of England (Yorkshire, North East, North West, West Midlands and parts of East Midlands).

Key Fund offers loan packages ranging from £5000 to £300,000 to social entrepreneurs, new and existing social enterprises and voluntary/community organisations aspiring to become social enterprises.

Key Fund (north of England)

Foundation East (east of England)

Foundation East are a membership organisation that lends money to business owners across the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and neighbouring areas, offering loans up to £100,000 to social enterprises and growing businesses.

They provide help and support with completing the application forms and business plan templates.

Foundation East

London Rebuilding Society

London Rebuilding Society are passionate about creating new people-centred social and financial products and services; transforming lives by improving people’s homes, health, wealth and well being.

London Rebuilding Society