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

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

Seeking an Investment Manager to join our Homes Investment Team

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for a Management Accountant to join our team

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

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

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

BBRC Winners at the Community Energy England Awards

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

Great turnout for our BBRC event at Lockleaze Sports Centre

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 Economy Network on the theme of ‘Working Together: Businesses & Communities’.

Speaking as a representative of the Bristol & Bath Regional Capital eco-system, Sally identified some of the issues for both investors & investees of impact investment – still a relatively new way of working for both investors & charities, community interest companies & community benefit organisations:

  • Mainstream investors often don’t understand the way the charity & CIC sectors work & are more comfortable with the traditional organisational forms they are used to working with.
  • Real impact investing needs real understanding of what the positive impacts will be & how they can be measured.
  • Charities & CICs may struggle to understand the benefits of loan funding over grant funding but there may offer greater freedom & opportunities to be entrepreneurial; opportunities to attract additional matched funding & easier ways to scale-up projects & trial new approaches

Sally also referred to ‘City Labs’, a new way in which Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, Quartet Community Foundation & City Funds can bring ‘Expert Citizens’ with lived experience of a topic together with people with other relevant expertise, to contribute to develop an idea (which is in line with the Bristol One City Plan priorities), therefore maximising the chances of a successful application for funding, either through investment, grant or blended funding.

Watch the event here:

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