Social entrepreneurs once struggled when it came to raising money, perceived to be a risky bet. But that perception has changed. And Big Issue Invest has been in the vanguard of that change.
The success of Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, shows the incredible impact financial investment can have on life-changing social projects across the UK.
Over the past decade Big Issue Invest has established a formidable reputation as the country’s leading social investor – offering business solutions to society’s problems. It is a pioneering way to fund social businesses, charities and other ventures tackling poverty.
Big Issue Invest has established a formidable reputation as the country’s leading social investor
Big Issue Invest harnesses the power of financial investment to help grow the organisations addressing some of the country’s most pressing social problems – making a major difference in fields like job training, education, housing and financial inclusion.
Ground-breaking and celebrated projects supported by Big Issue Invest include the Fifteen Foundation (pictured above), Jamie Oliver’s social enterprise that has provided training and job opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the restaurant industry. Big Issue Invest helped finance the start-up of a restaurant in Cornwall where more than 100 young chefs have received training since it opened.
More recently, Big Issue Invest provided finance to Sandwell Community Care Trust. Sandwell have proved to be incredible change-makers. The organisation, which focused first as a care-giver in the Black Country, has grown to set up a wonderful vocational school in West Bromwich. Sandwell Valley School (pictured above) offers teenagers who may have toiled and floundered at other local schools a second chance to gain the skills and qualifications they need for life ahead. Already rated good by Ofsted, the school is a success story to make the heart sing.