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

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 Finance & Innovation Award …

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Community Radio stations go digital thanks to BBRC’s ÂŁ70k investment in Bristol Digital Radio

BBRC’s ÂŁ70k City Funds investment in Bristol Digital Radio has supported the installation of digital audio broadcasting transmission infrastructure, …

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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 â€˜Building a thriving regional economy’ event in …

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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 trip to Knowle West, …

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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 Energy CIC, at the …

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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 SE100 Index and Social …

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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 region? This is a …

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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 months, generating more than …

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The Park Centre

Impact Area: VCSE SDGs: Sustainable Cities & Communities Total Investment: ÂŁ1 million Type: Loan What they do Since its beginnings in …

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The Park Centre move into the new building following ÂŁ1m social impact investment from Bristol’s City Funds

After a ÂŁ1 million social impact investment from Bristol’s City Funds, the new purpose-built building is ready and the much-loved …

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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 remarkable and far-reaching impact …

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City Funds invests ÂŁ1m 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 many people living in …

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Featured News

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

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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 Refugee Resettlement Team. Arrangements …

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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 Zero on 4th November. 280 …

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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 â€˜Festival of the Future City’ Event – a …

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Zero emission same-day delivery coming to Bristol

XeroE launch delivery platform with ÂŁ100k City Funds investment A partnership set up to tackle Bristol’s social and environmental …

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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 has appointed Richie Miller …

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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 organised by The Future …

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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 Early Action Task Force …

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

AutonoMe raises ÂŁ406k to grow independent living platform with local partners. In a bid to help vulnerable people participate …

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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 of role: Permanent, Part …

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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 and Avonmouth. Photo courtesy …

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City Funds invests in Talking Money

Bristol City Funds has completed its first social impact investment, with ÂŁ150,000 invested into Talking Money, a money advice …

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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 build new affordable community …

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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 Application Validated  News release …

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BBRC broker ÂŁ500k investment deal for Bristol Credit Union for accessible alternative finance

        Date: April 2019 By: Seanique Reuben Bristol Credit Union secures ÂŁ500k to provide accessible alternative …

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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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ÂŁ1M 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 ÂŁ625,000 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 ÂŁ350,000 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 who looks at the …

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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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