What is due diligence?
The thought of a long drawn out due diligence process can sound a scary prospect when thinking about approaching a social investor. What exactly is due diligence? We define due diligence as assessing information of a company from a legal, financial, commercial and managerial standpoint to further evaluate their potential as an investee. This process involves taking appropriate care before signing the dotted line let alone making an investment.
The approach taken by Big Issue Invest is to work in collaboration with potential investees. Our process is based on getting to understand the challenges and opportunities facing each individual organisation. A good reminder when the due diligence process becomes frustrating and time-consuming, particularly for small social enterprises, is to remember that our approach is focused on reducing barriers in the long run so your social enterprise won’t have to circle back to the same issues time and again.
When does it start?
A key part of the process is getting to know who the drivers are of an organisation. Due diligence can start once contact with a social investor is made. A more formal approach would be to start reviewing information after a formal application is made.
How long does it last?