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Lessons from the social impact bond coalface

With the social impact bond market maturing, there’s a great chance to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t. Investment Associate Caroline Hickson shares what we learned at a recent Numbers for Good workshop. Outcomes-based commissioning involves commissioners paying only for the achievement of certain outcomes, rather than merely for a service that may […]

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Big money: do we lack the motivation or the capital to solve society’s problems?

The words social investment illicit excitement from many of us who see the powerful potential of bringing together the best of business with the social sector, but it is not without its critics. Even those who know it well have questions around its effectiveness, accessibility and scale bringing us to the questions: are we doing […]

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A helping hand to secure investment

Social investment can play an important role in the growth and sustainability of social enterprises and charities, but it’s not always plain sailing to secure a deal. Matt Black sets out some of the challenges and explains how advisers can help social organisations to secure investment on their terms. While the idea of social entrepreneurship […]

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The (un)mysterious art of financial forecasting

Mystified by financial modelling? Investment Associate Caroline Hickson explains why you shouldn’t be. On my CV, it says I was previously a financial analyst at a large investment bank. However, I prefer to say that actually I was something of a fortune teller. Men and women (well, mainly men – gender equality was somewhat lacking) […]

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How can you translate your vision into an investable proposition?

How do you go about exciting social investors with your investment idea? Having clear aims and a social impact are a must, as is a strong financial case, explains investment manager Sarah Chu. Start by writing down exactly what your social enterprise wants to achieve. Think it’s crystal clear? Try and explain it to someone […]

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