Research and analysis

Social finance in the UK: designing the experience for ventures

Research that looks at how social entrepreneurs find and access finance and identifies opportunities for improvement.



In recent years, a lot of new funding has become available to help social entrepreneurs to build their organisations and become sustainable. In turn social enterprises contribute £55 billion to the economy and employ over 2 million people. However feedback from social enterprises suggests that it is not easy to find the right support and funding.

This was written by the Design Council, working with the Cabinet Office. It summarises the findings of research about how to help social enterprises to get support and funding to grow.

Following on from the report, we are developing recommendations in partnership with many other organisations in the social investment marketplace.