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Social Enterprise West Midlands is a growing network of over 400 members involved in the social enterprise sector in the West Midlands. We offer free membership which gives you access to a number of benefits. Full details including an online application form are available in the Join Us section. Should you have any membership enquiries please call us on 0845 450 7515.

Social Value – Social Investment

The aim of this guide is to give you an overview of the UK social investment market and help you to work out whether and how it’s relevant to your organisation – it’s for anyone involved with a voluntary and community organisation or social enterprise (VCSE) as a trustee, chief executive or member of staff.

This report sets out progress against the Government’s 2013 commitments and plans for the next 12 months. Their five priorities include: making it easier to be an investor, helping communities to access investment, building capacity amongst social ventures, opening up markets, and promoting the UK offer.

The outcomes matrix and measures are a tool to help social investment financial intermediaries (SIFI’s) and social sector organizations to plan, measure and learn about their social impact. It aims to develop common ground and language regarding social investment and impact assessment in the social sector.

Trident’s Social Investment Strategy, covering 2013 to 2018, sits alongside its sister document ‘Exceeding Expectations’ – Trident’s Social Accounts for 2010 to 2012.

The strategy’s title captures some of the key themes of Trident’s planning framework for the next five years. Growth for Trident will come mainly from its new ‘social investment’ approach alongside more traditional housing and care and support work plus existing and new commercial activities to create social dividends for its communities, residents and service-users.

If you are a frontline charity or social enterprise looking for investment, Big Society Capital have a list of useful funding sources.

A quick guide produced for charities interested in sustainable, responsible and ethical finance.

The community lending sector is diverse. It includes credit unions, personal lending Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) and other lenders, including housing associations. This report examines the potential role of social investment in this sector, by exploring 3 ideas:

  • community lenders have limited access to the capital they require to grow
  • community lenders have an immediate need for investment
  • social investment can play a role in meeting some of this demand


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