UK social investment market worth over £3.5bn

The UK’s social investment market is now worth over £3.5bn according to the latest research by Big Society Capital, and since the end of 2015, there has been market growth of at least 30 per cent per annum.

This figure reflects important trends within both the financial and social sectors, including larger amounts of capital being made available to organisations tackling urgent social issues.

Jeremy Rogers, CIO, Big Society Capital, said: “The market’s impressive growth is being driven in part by increasing awareness of and confidence in taking on investment by social enterprises and charities. We have also seen growing interest in investing with purpose, which has prompted fund managers to create new and innovative products.”

Big Society Capital is now working to grow the amount of capital invested in the social impact investment market further, for example developing the charity bond market by providing issuers and investors with the confidence they both need to see sustainable growth. The fund has helped the charity bond market grow from £30m in 2014 to over £300m in 2019.

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