The Big Issue Invest
We are the social investment arm of The Big Issue Group. We extend the mission of The Big Issue to dismantle poverty and create opportunity, by financing sustainable social enterprises and charities that are making a positive difference for people and communities across the UK.
We currently manage or advise on £150 million of social funds. Since 2005 we have invested in over 300 organisations. By 2016 our investees supported an estimated 1 million people.
Set up in 2005 as the social investment arm of The Big Issue, Big Issue Invest exists to further The Big Issue’s activities and reach by financing the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities. Our goal is to continue supporting organisations that are seeking to make a positive difference for people and communities across the UK.
Big Issue Invest offers social enterprises and charities, loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million. We currently manage or advise on £170 million worth of social funds and we have a range of funds, products and programmes designed to suit a variety of organisations.
We provide finance to organisations that create positive social impact. Almost all of our investees are unable to raise mainstream finance. We have made more than 330 since 2005, over 50% of which were into organisations working in the 25% most deprived areas of the UK. 80% of our investees became more financially sustainable as a result of our investment, and more than half were able to hire new staff last year.