Unlocking Social Investment


The social enterprise and charity sector is buzzing with financial terms: ‘social investment’ ‘social impact bonds’ and ‘investment readiness’. But what do these terms actually mean, and how can social enterprises and not-for-profits access these new forms of income?

This one-day workshop features a panel of speakers from different areas of social investment and case studies from both investors and investees. We’ll shine a spotlight on specific types of social investment, allowing you to make informed decisions about how to finance your organisation.

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“Social investment is the use of repayable finance to help an organisation achieve a social purpose.” Good Finance

Five reasons to book your place:

number 1Find out more about social investment and get clear, unbiased introduction to what it all means for you and your organisation


Understand the pros and cons / risks and rewards of the different types of social finance available


Hear case studies from organisations who have taken on social investment – why they did it, how they did it and the benefits that it has brought to the organisation


Question some of the leading social investors and want to find out more about how they decide who to invest in.


Network with other people from charities and social enterprises who are also exploring social investment as a way of financing their organisation



Who should attend Unlocking Social Investment?

Unlocking Social Investment is suitable for staff at all levels interested in finding out more about social finance and social investment.  No prior knowledge is required and the day is designed to provide a full introduction to what can seem a complex topic. You might be:

  • A social enterprise looking to scale services


  • A charity seeking an injection of cash to deliver a contract


  • A funder wanting to learn more about the social investment space


  • A trustee who wants more information about what taking on social investment means


  • Someone new to the charity or social enterprise sector who wants to explore the role that social investment can play alongside other funding options


Who you will hear from

Previous speakers on the workshop have included:

Social investment logos

Each of our speakers is encouraged to be as open and candid as possible.  We are as interested in hearing what went wrong as what went right!


“Well presented by all the funders”

Bob Peapell, Birmingham University


Example timetable

Welcome and introductions
What is social investment and what is it used for?
Social investment panel
  • Peter Kelly, Business Development Director, Charity Bank
  • Benedict Kelly, Lender, Advisor and Invester, Charity Bank
  • Melanie Mills, Social Sector Engagement Director, Big Society Capital
  • Jonathan Hick, Investment Manager, Social and Sustainable Capital
Case Study – Osman Jama, Director, Young Futures

A detailed exploration into a social investment deal. Young Futures is a C.I.C committed to providing high quality accommodation, keyworking support and dramatherapy to young people, parents and their children. Young Futures have used social investment to help scale their impact.

Becoming Investment Ready: Matt Black, Numbers For Good
Action planning

We’ll discuss what you have learned during the day and how to ensure that you put it into action.



All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions until further notice.

Joining details will be emailed to you in the run up to the workshop.


Organisational turnover £1m + £169
Organisational turnover £500,000 – £1m £149
Organisational turnover £100,000 – £499,999 £129
Organisational turnover £50,000 – £99,999 £109

Individuals / organisations with a turnover less than £50,000

or individuals unattached to an organisation


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Book your place immediately with a credit or debit card via our website using Stripe, our payment processor. We’ll send you booking confirmation right away.

Please only request an invoice if absolutely necessary and if it is for an amount over £100.

Please note our terms and conditions: we can offer a full refund provided you give us at least 7 days’ notice (within 7 days you can substitute the participant for someone else). 

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If you have any questions about the course or the booking process please contact SSE’s sales and marketing manager, David McGlashan, on 020 7089 9120 or email [email protected].