BII has invested over


In more than

300 organisations

Directly benefitting

1.8m people

Jobs created


We are the social investment arm of The Big Issue. We extend the mission of The Big Issue by investing in social enterprises and charities that prevent and tackle poverty and create opportunity for people across the UK.


We help scale-up social enterprises and charities by providing finance, not grants, from unsecured loans to equity investment – whatever is best for you.

Big Issue Invest was born out of a social enterprise and is led by social entrepreneurs and experienced social financiers who have first-hand experience of setting-up and running profitable social enterprises.


Get in touch with the team if you are a social enterprise or charity in the UK that can demonstrate:

  • High social impact
  • A good track record
  • And a plan to increase trading income

The businesses we invest in often tell us they like partnering with an organisation that shares their values. To see if we are the right partner for your social business, call us on 0207 526 3447 or email

Big Issue Invest was set up to help tackle and prevent some of our biggest social problems. What we do is not charity. We invest in businesses led by socially minded entrepreneurs from all walks of life. We understand first hand how good, smart businesses can do great things.

Nigel Kershaw, Chair of The Big Issue Group