Today (Wednesday, 16th December) Big Issue Invest (BII) launched its Impact Report revealing that between April 2019 and March 2020, the social investor supported 160 investees with a total of £41.7 million.
In turn, collectively, the social enterprises were able to provide services to over 1 million customers in the UK that are often marginalised from mainstream support and opportunities or live in the most deprived areas.
St Helena’s Hospice (SHH) is just one of the social enterprises supported by Big Issue Invest. SHH helps local people facing incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them and their families, friends and carers to bring comfort and relief to tens of thousands of people. With persons aged 85+ predicted to nearly double between 2018 and 2043 from 1.6 million to 3 million, BII are supporting St Helena’s Hospice to grow their lottery business and hospice provision through a £1.5 million commitment out of their Social Enterprise Investment Fund II.
Brian Bolt from St Helena’s Hospice, said: “The investment from Big Issue Invest has enabled St. Helena’s to achieve its ambition of accelerating the pace and scale of our unique lottery partnership offer. We now provide lotteries for 20 different charities across England and Wales raising vital funds for St Helena to help local people facing incurable illness and bereavement, but also generating financial returns for 20 other diverse good causes. In addition to the funding, the team at BII provided invaluable advice and support in developing the business case and helping us as an organisation to further strengthen our governance, including moving to a risk-based reserves policy”.
Other social enterprises supported by BII include the Mental Health and Employment Partnership (MHEP). MHEP received £1.7 million investment and have supported over 1,000 people with severe mental illnesses, drug and alcohol addictions, or learning disabilities into paid employment. 100 people gained employment during the pandemic.
YMCA Cornwall received £150,000 of investment to provide homes for the vulnerable young people and Five Lamps Trading received £1.25 million to support them in boosting financial inclusion through affordable short-term credit.