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Social Investment Business – Co-operative Delivery Models in the Domiciliary Care & Hospitality Sectors
Social Investment Business (SIB) is thinking about how it can support the care sector through social investment and there is huge potential to develop local mutualised groups and shared ownership models such as co-operatives. See:

Be Caring, an employee owned social enterprise providing social care, received Big Potential and Reach grant funds to support it to access social investment with SIB:

SIB has also blogged about the potential for new ownership and delivery models to sustain the local hospitality sector and economic and social deprivation:

Learning from the East Midlands – Support for Women & Women-led Organisations
Lincolnshire Community Foundation and Sortified have just released a report called ‘On An Equal Footing’; an output of a Connect funded project that aims to support women and women-led organisations to access social investment opportunities across the East Midlands. The project recommended a number of key actions in order to create a better environment for women accessing social investment in the future.

The report can be found here:

The website includes some useful resources and links:

Housing and Social Investment
Housing is a priority area for Big Society Capital with the emergence of new housing funds. It is testing and developing new innovative housing models; see their blog for more information:

For social investment take a look at the Community Impact Partnership a partnership between four of the UK’s leading housing associations that provides social investment in the form of blended grants and loans to help charitable organisations, social enterprises and community businesses to grow and innovate.

Here are some good resources on housing. See their respective websites for news, facts, resources and support:

HACT supports development and innovation in the housing sector. It has some great tools and resources on social impact.

The Housing Federation has the latest news and developments in housing.

Support Solutions provides insight, support and expertise in housing.

Homeless link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless.

Crowd Funding
Crowdfund Wolves links people with money and support enabling them to shape local communities. They are looking for unusual, interesting and innovative ideas to make Wolverhampton even better – submit your project by 18th September to take part in our Autumn funding round.

Crowd Funding Investment for Community Empowerment – Investment Crowdfunding Models (e.g. community shares and bonds) to fund community-led projects. Could your group consider a crowd funding model to fund projects that support community-led regeneration and boost local resilience? Check out this resource that explains what crowdfunding for community investment is, how to do it and the opportunities and challenges:

Social Investors
A list of all of the social investors can be found on the Good Finance website:

Grants to support you to raise investment

The Reach Fund is a grant programme that helps charities and social enterprises raise investment. You can apply for up to £15,000 to pay for any support that you may need (e.g. business planning, financial models, marketing). If you need support to develop a proposal then please contact SEW – we can discuss your needs and help you to access support.

Case studies of social enterprises and investment

The Social and Sustainable Capital Impact report lists a number of large social enterprises that have secured investments; these business models may be relevant to your organisation:

Digital Resources
The Key Fund’s Enterprise Support Toolbox has everything you need including information, resources and templates to support your social enterprise to develop and grow:

Eastside Primetimers has a selection of the top ten articles, videos, resources and tools that will help you take your digital leadership to the next level:

Social Enterprise Wolverhampton is running a free Funding and Investment Fair (with lunch) 9.30-1 on the 12th September 2019 at the Workspace, All Saints Rd, Wolverhampton, WV2 2AS.

The event will include presentations by investors and funders and a marketplace for organisations to find out more about social investment and funding.

Confirmed speakers include Social Investment Business (SIB), Key Fund, The National Lottery Fund and Crowdfund Wolves.

Funders and investors including Power to Change, Homeless Link, CAF Venturesome Resonance, Sporting Capital, Architectural Heritage Fund and Lloyds Bank Foundation will be in attendance to share their information and answer any questions.

Register here:

Charity Bank is running a series of FREE half day seminars for charities and social enterprises on the state of the sector and funding opportunities with practical insight and guidance from experts and leaders. See here to register:

Social Enterprise Wolverhampton (SEW) is a Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC) project funded by Barrow Cadbury through the Connect Fund. The project aims to strengthen and sustain the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Wolverhampton, including not for profit organisations/groups and charities, to ensure that social enterprise can grow and thrive.

The key aims of the project are to:

·        Raise awareness of social enterprise and social investment

·        Build on local knowledge and skills

·        Grow local VCSEs in terms of income generation and turnover

·        Increase the level of social investment into Wolverhampton

We aim to ensure that social investment in Wolverhampton reaches the people and local organisations who most need it, who have the biggest potential and who otherwise would be unknown to investors.

For more information contact Sharon Nanan-Sen, Voluntary and Community Sector Support Co-ordinator/Social Enterprise and Investment Adviser on 01902 773761 or by email




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