Social Business Trust aims to invest in about five social enterprises each year. To find the most appropriate organisations, we have firm selection criteria and rigorous due diligence. Most applications will be rejected. To ensure we do not waste each others’ time with applications that are never likely to be accepted, we have set out the following criteria that must be passed before anyone should consider applying:
If you fulfil the above criteria, we will then want to look at a range of other considerations: above all, we are seeking to work with a management which is determined to pursue substantial growth in order to further their organisation’s social impact. We will also look carefully at the strength and depth of the organisation’s management team, who are expected to command a balance of skills, including strong financial control and appropriate operational expertise. It is also essential that applicants are looking to work in partnership with us and will be receptive to the advice and guidance that our partners’ teams can contribute to growing the business.