Our Insight

by Stuart.Thomason

In February 2011 The Young Foundation was commissioned by NESTA to explore the breadth of support available to social ventures wishing to scale. This policy paper entitled 'Growing Social Ventures - The role of Social Venture intermediaries - what they are and what they could become', was the first comprehensive survey of the state of the institutions that support a dynamic and emerging sector of social ventures.

In November 2011, we were commissioned, alongside Boston Consulting Group, by Big Society Capital to research the social investment market in England. 'Lighting the touchpaper: Growing the Market for Social Investment in England', was to provide the first independent, comprehensive survey of the emerging social investment industry. In particular, until now there has been a lack of quantitative data and analysis on the size of the market, how it operates, the types of investment being made and the returns that may be realised.