News

Discover the latest news, market insights and resources from BBRC, our portfolio companies and our wider network.

Boomsatsuma welcomes Thangam Debbonaire MP

The Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP …

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New chair appointed to the innovative partnership-led Bristol Local Access Programme

Innovative local partnership, the Bristol Local Access Programme (LAP), created to develop stronger and more …

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Elderberry Walk tenants delighted with their new homes

Residents in the new Elderberry Walk development in Southmead have been sharing feedback on how …

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Alternative education provider Urban Pursuit secures £55k investment to support more young people struggling at school

Bristol-based alternative learning provider Urban Pursuit has secured an investment of £55k through local impact …

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City Funds evaluated by The Good Economy

City Funds is a £10m place-based impact fund, which invests in social enterprises, enterprising charities …

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Transformative £2.5m investment programme empowers Bristol’s social enterprises and unveils further £1.3m investment fund

An innovative programme created to develop stronger and more sustainable social enterprises in Bristol is …

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Flagship £2.5m public and private sector deal delivers new homes for refugees in Bristol

A unique partnership, bringing public and private investment together with a leading social enterprise, will …

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Wake The Tiger secures £350k City Funds investment to propel growth and foster social impact

Bristol-based immersive visitor attraction Wake The Tiger has secured investment of £350k through local impact …

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Social Economy West support programme launched

Charities, third sector organisations, social enterprises, and co-operatives across the West of England are set …

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BBRC seeking new partnerships manager

As part of the next stage in BBRC’s exciting development, we are looking for a …

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BBRC and Western Gateway announce ambition to unlock significant investment in the West and Wales

Leading impact investor BBRC and pan-regional partnership the Western Gateway have revealed their ambitions to …

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Affordable housing scheme in Southmead sees first local NHS workers moving in

Local NHS workers are among the latest residents to celebrate moving into Elderberry Walk, the …

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Senior appointments announced to support BBRC’s growth plans

As part of its ambitious five-year growth strategy, leading place-based impact investor BBRC (Bristol & …

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BBRC make the NatWest SE100 list of the UK’s top social enterprises – for another year running

BBRC is proud to have been selected for the NatWest SE100 index of the UK’s 100 most …

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Celebrating the successful construction of England’s largest onshore wind turbine – a BBRC impact investment

We are delighted to see the successful construction and operation of England’s largest onshore wind …

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Join our impact investment team as our new Investment Manager leading on Net Zero solutions

Investment Manager – Impact – Bristol & Bath Regional Capital  Where: Central Bristol, minimum 2 …

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Seeking an Investment Manager to join our Homes Investment Team

Investment Manager – Homes Bristol and Bath Regional Capital Where: Central Bristol, minimum 2 days …

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Impact success story: Bristol-based digital marketplace, Yuup secures further £200K BBRC investment

Yuup secures further £200k to support Bristol growth plans   Bristol-based digital marketplace Yuup has secured …

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Welcoming Waliur Rahman to the BBRC Homes Advisory Panel and some goodbyes

It’s our great pleasure to welcome Waliur Rahman, who recently joined the Bristol & Bath Regional Capital …

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A new chair & board members to support BBRC’s ambitious plans for growth

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new board members and a new …

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BBRC consortium partner in successful Bristol bid for a new climate action project 

Bristol has been awarded €1.5 million (£1.3 million) following a successful bid for a new innovative climate action project through the NetZeroCities Pilot Cities Programme from the European Union Cities Mission.  …

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BBRC expands Homes division to help tackle South West’s housing crisis

The award-winning impact investor Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) has today, Monday 20th February …

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Looking for a Management Accountant to join our team

Management Accountant – Bristol & Bath Regional Capital Where: Central Bristol, minimum 2 days / …

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BBRC & Bristol Green Capital Partnership will lead an ambitious feasibility study to overcome barriers to Net Zero following Bristol winning a share of Innovate UK’s £2m fund

Photo: Copyright © 2022 Bristol City Council. Bristol is 1 of 31 places in the …

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BBRC £500k investment in boomsatsuma – supporting innovators in Bristol’s creative industries

£500k investment to ‘remove the brakes’ and enable boomsatsuma to double its education offering and …

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Our impact investee, The Park celebrate 1st year in their new building

Happy 1st year in your new building to The Park Community Centre! The new Park Centre …

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BBRC Winners at the Community Energy England Awards

🏆 We are delighted to be winners at the Community Energy England Awards! Bristol & Bath Regional Capital won the …

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Community Radio stations go digital thanks to BBRC’s £70k investment in Bristol Digital Radio

📻 BBRC’s £70k City Funds investment in Bristol Digital Radio has supported the installation of …

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Great turnout for our BBRC event at Lockleaze Sports Centre

It was good to see so many old and new faces at our ‘Building a thriving …

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BBRC Team visit some of our investees – Bristol Together & The Park Community Centre

The BBRC team had a change of venue for our last team meeting. We took at …

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BBRC are finalists at the 2022 Community Energy England Community Energy Awards

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital are delighted to be a finalists alongside Thrive Renewables & Ambition Community …

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Proud to be in the Nat West SE100 – UK’s 100 most outstanding social enterprises

BBRC make the NatWest SE100 index of the UK’s 100 most outstanding social enterprises  The …

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Join us at our upcoming ‘Building a thriving regional economy’ event on 3rd November

Are you a purposeful business, charity or social enterprise based in the Bristol or Bath …

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BBRC says Yuup to local experiences business

Bristol businesses have sold more than 20,000 experiences in the city over the last 12 …

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The Park Centre

Impact Area: VCSE SDGs: Sustainable Cities & Communities Total Investment: £1 million Type: Loan What they do …

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The Park Centre move into the new building following £1m social impact investment from Bristol’s City Funds

After a £1 million social impact investment from Bristol’s City Funds, the new purpose-built building is …

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Launching our City Funds Annual Impact Review

We are delighted to launch our City Funds Annual Impact Review 2021/22, which outlines the …

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City Funds invests £1m for much-needed redevelopment of The Park Centre community hub in Knowle West

Photo: Artist Impression of Main Entrance Ⓒ AWW Inspired Environments You’d be hard-pressed to find …

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Featured News

BBRC is very proud to present our new brand and website that we’ve been working …

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BBRC Homes Team working with Bristol City Council to house a vulnerable refugee family

Our Bristol & Bath Regional Capital Homes Team has been working with Bristol City Council …

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BBRC at regional COP26 Green Zone event, The Business of Net Zero 

BBRC were delighted to be involved in the regional COP26 Green Zone event, The Business of Net …

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City Funds at Bristol Festival of Ideas ‘Festival of the Future City’ Event

You can now access an audio recording of the Bristol Festival of Ideas ‘Festival of the Future …

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Zero emission same-day delivery coming to Bristol

XeroE launch delivery platform with £100k City Funds investment A partnership set up to tackle …

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BBRC Homes appoints a new Development Director

Impact developer takes important step towards delivering homes at scale for the region BBRC Homes …

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City Funds at The Future Economy Network ‘Evolving Cities’ Event: ‘Working Together: Businesses & Communities’

Bristol’s City Funds governing board member, Sally Britton, spoke today at ‘The Evolving Cities’ event …

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How to get investment at scale in social infrastructure: lessons from City Funds in Bristol

New publication, Making a Good Place by Caroline Slocock, Director of Civil Exchange, for the …

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City Funds invest in new digital employment training service for vulnerable people in Bristol

AutonoMe raises £406k to grow independent living platform with local partners. In a bid to …

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[Position Filled] BBRC Homes is looking for a Development Director

Job Title: Development Director – BBRC Homes Location: Central Bristol (but currently operating remotely) Type …

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Lawrence Weston secures funding for wind turbine project

Above: what the proposed wind turbine could look like, pictured on land between Severn Beach …

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City Funds invests in Talking Money

Bristol City Funds has completed its first social impact investment, with £150,000 invested into Talking …

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BBRC supporting the regeneration of ‘a new heart for Hillfields’

BBRC Homes is supporting the Hillfields Family & Community Trust (HFCT) in its aim to …

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ZEDpods get planning for 11 modular homes in car park

  Re-imagining better ways to live in our cities  ZEDpods in St. George – Planning …

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BBRC broker £500k investment deal for Bristol Credit Union for accessible alternative finance

        Date: April 2019 By: Seanique Reuben Bristol Credit Union secures £500k …

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BBRC is a ‘Big Potential Approved Provider’

The Big Potential Breakthrough scheme, funded by The Big Lottery. Funds provide access to expert investment readiness work for charities, voluntary and community sector organisations and enterprises.

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£1M investment secures the future of South Bristol Sports Centre

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC (BBRC), the recently launched not-for-profit investment intermediary, announced the completion of its first fundraise on behalf of the South Bristol Sports Centre (SBSC).

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Interview with Richard Pendlebury, BBRC Chair

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC. We are at the starting line for what promises to be an exciting, innovative and worthwhile journey of discovery.

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BBRC shortlisted for Social Enterprise UK’s ‘Social Investment Deal of the Year’

Social Enterprise UK, the national body representing all aspects of the social enterprise sector, announced today that BBRC is one of the finalists in the ‘Social Investment Deal of the Year’ category in its Social Enterprise Awards 2016.

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BBRC celebrates anniversary event

BBRC held our One Year Anniversary event at South Bristol Sports Centre last Friday, 16th September.

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BBRC at the heart of tackling homelessness in Bristol

BBRC exists to provide innovative finance solutions to some of Bristol’s trickiest problems, and homelessness as part of the wider ‘Housing Crisis’ is high up our priorities list.

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BBRC named as Mayor of Bristol’s strategic partner

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, announced a strategic partnership between BBRC and his City Office initiative at his ‘State of the City’ annual mayor’s lecture last Thursday, aiming towards “structuring Bristol’s economy to work for all”.

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Event: ‘Socialising the Commercial’ Panel Discussion, 6th December

BBRC’s Chief Executive Ed Rowberry will be chairing an Engine Shed Finance Briefing panel discussion, addressing the question: “It’s easier to socialise the commercial than it is to commercialise the social”

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BBRC wins the National Social Investment Deal of the Year Award

We are delighted to share the news that BBRC has won the Social Investment Deal of the Year Award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2016, held last night at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

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Article: “Investment company that wants us all to share in its profits”

David Clensy of the Bristol Post interviewed our Chief Executive Ed Rowberry last week to meet the team behind BBRC, and find out why we do what we do.

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Event: “Opening New Doors: What Social Finance Can Do For You”

On Thursday the 11th of May 2017 between 16:30 and 18:30 Bristol and Bath Regional Capital will host an event at the St. John’s Foundation in Bath, in collaboration with The House and Business West.

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Bristol Housing Crisis

BBRC values thought leadership and having a deeper understanding of the issues that are facing our city and wider region.

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Full house at ‘Opening New Doors: What Social Finance Can Do For You’ event

The Chapel at St John’s Foundation in central Bath was a serene, sunlit setting for a bustling room of attendees at Thursday’s “Opening New Doors” event.

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BBRC Raises £625,000 to Help Rehabilitate Ex-Offenders in Bristol

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC) has recently completed its third project, a £625,000 ‘refinance’ for local social enterprise Bristol Together.

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Big Society Capital loan helps secure BBRC’s future

ig Society Capital, one of the founding institutions in the Social Investment market, have finalised arrangements in the last few weeks to lend BBRC an unsecured loan to help us grow and deliver our regional ambitions.

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Green light given to Southmead housing development at former primary school site

This week the Bristol Post has announced that the construction of 161 new homes will begin in the site of a former primary school in Southmead, North Bristol.

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Network Counselling secure a building to call their own

We are delighted to announce that we have worked with local affordable counselling charity Network Counselling and Training to broker them a £350,000 mortgage on their own property in Filton, North Bristol.

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BBRC Announced as Engine Shed’s first Social-Investor-in-Residence

BBRC are delighted to be announced as the Engine Shed‘s first Social ‘Investor-in-Residence’.

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No place like home

This article was first published in the economia and it was written by David Adams …

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Bristol Post recognises BBRC-funded chilli sauce entrepreneur

Earlier this week the Bristol Post ran an article about how Grace Ekall started her own business whilst undergoing chemotherapy. Grace took a loan from the Community Innovation Fund (CIF), a pilot project sitting within Bristol & Bath Regional Capital.

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Sauce & Spice launched with the support of Community Innovation Fund

From dancer to designer to chef, the founder of Sauce & Spice, Grace Ekall, is using her latest creative pursuit to spice up Bristol’s food scene.

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