Social Investment Market Chapter 4

This is a six-part framework for action, from enabling reforms on public services and localism to setting up the Big Society Bank.

  • More open and localised public services will rely on and create opportunities for social ventures
  • Social investment benefits from appropriate tax incentives
  • The right business environment is vital to social ventures
  • Social ventures need support to improve their investment readiness and their business capability
  • Better market infrastructure will help social investment to grow
  • Financing and Championing

Finally, these actions will help acceleration of the social investment market's development.

Social Investment Market Chapter Three

This picture shows that Social Enterprises and the Social investment market has been around since early 2001.  In fact I can remember back then receiving a first edition of a magazine called 'Social Enterprise'.  It came as a free trial with my NewStart Magazine when I worked as an Employment and Training Manager for Groundwork  Birmingham.  Back then, no-one had a definitive name for a Social Enterprise.  Groundwork Birmingham - a registered charity - had what we called then a 'trading arm' which carried out Environmental Business Services and Consultancy.  By today's standards that is a  Social Enterprise or probably more correctly it should have been a CIC because the "profits" went to support the charity.  

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Building Schools for the Future

In the news today was a story with a headline that read:  "Could cuts halt school buildings transformation?"  This story is highlighting the intended cuts to the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative, which is to transform many schools from temporary accommodation to state of the art facilities, such as Liverpool's Alsop High as stated in the article.

So it made me think, what the outcome of the cuts would be?  There are 1100 schools signed up for BSF in the UK which begs the question are they really unfit for purpose?  I suspect they are.

Teaching goes on in buildings long past their 'sell by date' which must impact on the quality of the learning experience for the attending pupils.  What hope are we giving to these youngsters for their futures?

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