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NESTA Big Society Fund
Joe Ludlow from Public Services Lab talks to Social Enterprise magazine about the role of social finance in helping social enterprises tackle the big issues of the future.

The project was set up in August 2010, and will conclude in March 2011 in time for the launch of the UK government’s Big Society Bank.

Two significant gaps in the evidence base for the development of the social investment market were identified and research to address this was commissioned from leading firms:

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) were asked to set out the nature of current and future demand for capital from social finance intermediaries and to develop an understanding of the mix of financing the Big Society Bank will need to support.

Fairbanking Foundation with Ipsos Mori were asked to conduct a programme of qualitative and quantitative research to identify the types of individual investors and investment products that are likely to be important in the growth of the market for social or community investment.

For the full brief