Funding and Support for Social Enterprises from Big Issue Invest

Big Issue Invest helps finance the growth of sustainable social enterprises, charities and profit-with-purpose businesses that make a positive difference across the UK.

It manages a number of funds and projects including:

Impact Loans England

Big Issue Invest offers unsecured loans of between £20,000 and £150,000 to social enterprises and charities. Funding can be used for a variety of projects including working capital, buying equipment, business development and hiring new talent.

Growth Impact Fund

Big Issue Invest, UnLtd and Shift have created a new £25 million fund to address the structural barriers that social enterprises face. The Growth Impact Fund will provide loans, equity finance and equity-like investments with wrap-around support. Investments typically range from £50,000 to £1.5 million, and loans can be secured or unsecured.

Big Energy Saving Loans

Big Issue Invest provides finance for energy efficiency projects, such as insulation, door and window upgrades, and renewable energy installation. Loans from £20,000 to £150,000 are available.

Connecting Futures

Connecting Futures provides 30 existing clients of Big Issue Invest with the chance to apply for 12-months of fully funded mentoring. Up to four hours per month of online mentoring is available covering topics such as finance, marketing and business planning.

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