Big Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VSCEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England. A grant from the fund will help VCSEs, at the very beginning of their social investment journey, to get specialist and tailored support to become investment ready.
The Big Potential programme is delivered through expert providers of investment readiness services. The Good Economy Partnership is approved as a Breakthrough Provider, and we can support VCSEs based in England who have the ambition to raise up to £500,000 of repayable investment. We would be happy to hear from any VCSEs who are considering an application to Big Potential.
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CEO and Founder of The Good Economy, Sarah has over 20 years experience in the fields of international development, social impact investing and entrepreneurship. Sarah leads the Big Potential team.
Dan is a respected and well-connected adviser and policy expert in the social enterprise and investment sector. He has extensive experience in funding and financing mutual and social enterprises, through developing policy at the highest level and delivering in practice at the grassroots.
Hilary has over 20 years commercial experience, primarily gained in the private sector, where she has worked for large corporates, SMEs and start-ups. She brings expertise in strategy development, business planning and financial modeling, and is skilled in ensuring that these elements are consistent and connected.
Michael has extensive experience in the charity sector. Following senior roles at Action Aid and Save the Children, he founded and co-founded new charitable organisations, including The Foundation. Now offering his services as a consultant, Michael is the charity expert within the team.
Kirsten is a keen advocate of social enterprise and cheerleader of social entrepreneurs. She has a broad range of training, business, project and operations skills, and is particularly skilled in working with social entrepreneurs at the design phase, as they formulate their business and social impact models.
Phil has a focus on creating collaborative ecosystems that span the public, VCSE and private sectors, drawing on over 25 years of strategic consultancy experience. This has included managing the delivery of public sector and EU funded programmes spanning economic and community development to deliver inclusive business growth.
Glenn is an Investment Manager at one of the UK’s leading social finance institutions, so he brings extensive experience in assessing the finance needs of social enterprises and structuring appropriate solutions. He has a background in international development and has worked with both international and local NGOs.
Anton Simanowitz has been influential in the field of social enterprise since the late 1990s as a practitioner and thought leader. He works globally with practitioners, investors, technical assistance providers and policy makers to improve the effectiveness of social enterprises in delivering positive social outcomes.