Investment funds & programmes

Big Issue Invest supports social businesses and charities to deliver social, economic, and environmental impact across the United Kingdom. Since 2005 we have made over 550 investments to the value of £80 million. We currently manage £39.7 million in funds in over 184 organisations. We offer social enterprises and charities a range of repayable finance options, from loans as small as £20,000 to larger investments of up to £3.5 million as well as corporate mentoring and investment programmes designed for early-stage social businesses. 

Find out more about our live programmes and funds

Big Issue Invest provides loan finance to social enterprises and charities through various programmes, with finance provided by partners including Access, the Foundation for Social Investment, The National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital. 

  • Loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 
  • Flexible term 
  • Loans are unsecured 

Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift have partnered to create a new £25M fund designed to address the structural barriers that diverse social enterprises face. The Growth Impact Fund, launching imminently, will invest in 50-60 ventures, focusing on diverse-led social enterprises tackling inequality in the UK. 

  • Loans, equity and equity-like investment 
  • With wrap-around support 
  • Typical investment range £50,000 to £1.5M 
  • Flexible term 
  • Loans can be secured and unsecured 

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