Democratising social finance

SITR, ISAs, CSOs and retail charity bonds.

Joining the “B” hive

A discussion of profit with purpose.

Apps, platforms and the unintended consequences of the tech revolution

From Fintech to Tech4Good, technology is creating new approaches and opportunities. How can social investors engage with the tech revolution and help those we invest in make better use {...}

Headlines of the Future

What do we want the headlines in Pioneers Post to say in 10 years’ time? What would we most like to see and what would we be most frightened {...}

(Don’t say Br*x*t) DCMS briefing

The government wants to build ‘a culture of impact investing’ in the UK. From tax and regulation to new initiatives, what is happening across government to make this a {...}

Awakening the sleeping giants

Four housing association giants are launching a new social investment fund. Big Society Capital is funding a new Social Innovation in Homes fellowship… Is the huge social housing sector {...}

Crowdfunding and community shares: the good, the bad and the ugly

Who is innovating and what are they doing around crowdfunding and community shares? When is crowdfunding really investment, and when is it just clever fundraising? Why does it sometimes {...}

Playing the long game

An update on pensions… How do we get more IFAs and wealth managers to engage with this space – do we actually still need them?

Filling the difficult gaps: equity, liquidity and the secondary market

Who is doing what to fill the equity gap, or is it just too difficult to achieve? How do we encourage/educate social entrepreneurs to use enterprise structures that allow {...}

Building the social investment infrastructure

From Access and Big Society Capital to The Social Investment Business and Power2Change – who’s doing what to build the social investment infrastructure, and how does it fit together {...}

Do I want you in my sandbox?

Are those with philanthropic and those with commercial capital playing nicely together? How do we resolve the tensions between philanthropic and commercial capital – and the very different views {...}

How patient is patient capital?

What products should we be looking at if we want to prioritise impact? How are we using different products such a longer form/concessional finance/blended finance? What are we doing {...}

Bracing for impact!

How do we deal with failure? As an investor when an investment is not going well, when do you make the trade off between financial and social return?

Whose impact is it anyway?

What are we all doing to raise the bar on impact? Are we remembering to give impact a strong enough voice on the investment committee? What’s the difference between {...}

Oiling the wheels (not the gravy train)

What feedback are we getting about the investment process from our investees? What are we doing to ease the investment process and make it as swift and painless as {...}

Encouraging new voices

What have we been doing to make finance more accessible to diverse groups, sectors and geographies? How has it been successful and what can we improve?

Bold commissioners

How can we get local authorities to buy into what we do as investors? At a time of austerity there is an even stronger case to work collaboratively. Who {...}

Finding the right balance of yield

My name is Paolo Casamassima and I am the Founder of a Social Impact fund called Bighous. We are aiming to build a fund focused on redeveloping abandoned buildings {...}

Hypocrisy of corporates

I’ve been reflecting recently on the issue of big corporations and high net worth people avoiding tax. If we look at the countries that seem to have less inequality {...}

Early stage finance in emerging markets

Early stage entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia struggle to secure growth finance (£100 – 500k) for their businesses. Banks consider these investments as high-risk and if they do lend {...}