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Hekla Goodman

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.  

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are, as a result of COVID-19, experiencing disruptions to their cash flow. Big Issue Invest is one of the social investors assissting with the delivery of this fund. In order to apply, please visit Social Investment Business. 

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.

Our Funds

Impact Loans England

Big Issue Invest is offering loan finance between £20,000 and £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England. This new £5 million lending scheme is aimed at enabling social enterprises and charities to access loan funding.

London Housing Fund

With support from the Greater London Authority, Big Issue Invest launched a £10 million Fund to finance the provision of new affordable housing in London.

Social Enterprise Investment Fund II

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.

The Social Enterprise Support Fund

The Social Enterprise Support Fund will provide essential financial support between £10,000 and £300,000 to help social enterprises during COVID-19. Five social enterprise support agencies have come together to deliver the new fund: Big Issue Invest The Key Fund Resonance The School for Social...