About Big Issue Invest

"Big Issue Invest is the UK's first 'social merchant bank,' by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs. As a social enterprise ourselves, we understand how good businesses can achieve great things." Nigel Kershaw - Chair, The Big Issue Group

Who We Are

Set up in 2005 as the social investment arm of The Big Issue, Big Issue Invest exists to further The Big Issue’s activities and reach by financing the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities. Our goal is to continue supporting organisations that are seeking to make a positive difference for people and communities across the UK.

Our Team
What We Do

Big Issue Invest offers social enterprises and charities, loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million. We currently manage or advise on £170 million worth of social funds and we have a range of funds, products and programmes designed to suit a variety of organisations.

Our Funds & Projects
Our Social Impact

We provide finance to organisations that create positive social impact. Almost all of our investees are unable to raise mainstream finance. We have made more than 330 since 2005, over 50% of which were into organisations working in the 25% most deprived areas of the UK. 80% of our investees became more financially sustainable as a result of our investment, and more than half were able to hire new staff last year.

Social Impact

Meet Our Investees

The Big Issue Group