How we’ve worked with The Challenge

This week, it was announced that The Challenge has been awarded a third of all National Citizen Service contracts to 2018. We are naturally so proud and pleased for everyone at The Challenge, and its testimony to the great work our professional volunteers and social enterprises put in, in pursuit of excellence, growth and success. [...]

Social enterprise success – are you missing out?

By Rebecca Pain

So far in June, we’ve seen two of the social enterprises we invest in run spectacular top drawer events, and more in the mainstream press. If anyone thought of social enterprise as some sort of poor relation to ‘real’ business, think again. Speaking of Real Business, our MD was shortlisted for a First Women Award [...]

Mental health and reading aloud: the wonders of The Reader Organisation

By Rebecca Pain

Did you know this is Mental Health Awareness Week? If you know someone with mental health issues – and chances are with one in four of us experiencing this at some point – that you do, then you need to know about The Reader Organisation (TRO). We are bound to sing the praises of our investees, [...]

Social enterprise: the risks and rewards of investing

Our CEO gave an interview earlier in the Spring to the City Women’s Network, in which she talked about things to consider when investing in social enterprise. Here we revisit Adele’s responses, which you can share with a wider audience as you see fit. Useful stuff!   Why do you think there’s such an interest [...]



The commitment of these investors is to contribute £15m of cash and in-kind support over a 3-5 year period.

  • Bain & Company
  • British Gas
  • Clifford Chance
  • Credit Suisse
  • EY
  • Permira
  • Thomson Reuters