Growth in community-run businesses

An assessment of the community business sector in England found that it grew faster than charities and small businesses last year.

Research institute Power to Change commissioned Social Finance this summer to follow up on earlier reports ‘What if we ran it ourselves?’ and ‘The State of the Community Business Market’.

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Support to get trustees considering social investment

The trustees and committee members of charities and social enterprises are the target of a new campaign to help them understand the risks and opportunities of social investment.

The Get Informed campaign has been launched by Big Society Capital along with Association of Chairs, Honorary Treasurers Forum and Cass Centre for Charity Excellence. The Charity Commission (England and Wales) is also involved, following its research that revealed “skilled and engaged boards” were better able to consider alternative funding methods to achieve their strategy.

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State of play with Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds

Sector thinktank NPC has two articles looking at where we are with Payments by Results and its “natural partner”, Social Impact Bonds.

Making sense of payment by results‘ starts with

While not as newsworthy as it was three or four years ago, PbR has steadily become a common commissioning model. In 2015, the National Audit Office identified 52 schemes containing an element of PbR in the UK, worth a total of £15bn of public money.

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Guidance for social enterprises on Scottish charity registration

Scotland’s charity regulator OSCR has published new guidance for social enterprises thinking about becoming a charity. In the form of FAQs, this addresses some of the questions applicants have about becoming a charity, as well as some of the issues OSCR frequently sees in applications from social enterprises. 

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