Interested in growing, developing and/ or sustaining your organisation?

A good place to learn about social investment is the Good Finance website resource that will help you to navigate the world of social investment.  Here you can find out what social investment is, types of social investment and who the social investors are.  It has a good, quick diagnostic tool that will help you to identify if social investment is for you and some great resources on measuring social impact.

https://www.goodfinance.org.uk/

Case studies

Why re-invent the wheel? There are hundreds of great examples of charities and social enterprises that have used social investment to develop and grow their organisation. You can get some ideas for your business plans by looking at what other organisations have done. For example, see here:

https://www.goodfinance.org.uk/latest/post/resources/podcasts

https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20200121/cigarette-butts-and-rocking-chairs-ten-things-you-didn-t-know-about-the-uks-top

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/impact

Development funding for social enterprises

The Enterprise Development Fund is a grant fund that offers tailored support to organisations that are thinking of exploring new models of trading to help them become more financially resilient and who require support to make the transition. The fund is targeted at the following sectors:

  • Homelessness
  • Youth
  • Equality
  • Mental Health

Packages of support are available that includes peer to peer support, grants of up to £30k to test new ideas, launch new enterprises or grow existing ones, training, and support.

The deadlines vary depending on the sector. Further information can be found here:

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/enterprise-development-programme

The Hive is a support programme for co-operatives delivered by Co‑operatives UK in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank.

If you are looking to set-up a co‑operative, or you’re from an existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow, you could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring.

https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/

 Resources

 The Key Fund has a great web page full of good resources and templates to support you to write a good social enterprise business case and proposal for social investment. See here for some great information on market research:

https://keyfund.startupinfohub.co.uk/topics/start-business-ideas/market-research

Take a look at this blog with tips on how to get investment ready:

https://www.goodfinance.org.uk/latest/post/blog/investor-insight-6-tips-how-become-investment-ready

Great advice from CEO of the Access Foundation, Seb Elsworth on how to build revenue models for social enterprises.

https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/seb-elsworth-build-resilient-revenue-models-social-enterprises/social-enterprise/article/1596319

Check out these guides by Unltd, a leading national organisation that supports social entrepreneurs and social enterprises:

https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-support/learning-area/