Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue Group. We provide loans and investment to social enterprises and charities across the UK.
Founded in 2005, Big Issue Invest extends The Big Issue’s mission to dismantle poverty and create opportunity by financing the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities across the UK. As a social enterprise ourselves, we understand first-hand how good, smart businesses can achieve great things and since 2005, we have directly invested £30 million in 300 social ventures.
Our investments can be used for growth capital, working capital, buying equipment, hiring new talent, contract fulfilment, business development, property development or other capital expenditure, by social enterprises and charities with clear potential for growth, long-term financial sustainability and high social impact. We are not prescriptive around investment structure, rather we shape the investment to our investees’ needs.