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

Elderberry Walk tenants delighted with their new homes

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

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

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

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

Social Economy West support programme launched

BBRC seeking new partnerships manager

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

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

Senior appointments announced to support BBRC’s growth plans

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

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

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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 and impact-driven businesses in the Bristol region who have a great product or service that is tackling a social or environmental problem and need repayable investment to grow or capture an opportunity.

The fund, which was established five years ago with investment from Bristol City Council and Big Society Capital, has been evaluated by The Good Economy.

The evaluation looked at the successes of the fund and what can be learned from the process of setting it up. Key partners involved in the set-up were interviewed, including representatives from the BBRC team, Bristol City Council, Big Society Capital, Access Foundation, and the Quartet Foundation.

It found that City Funds has a unique governance structure that bridges the local authority and private investment to tackle inequality and City-wide issues.

The final report includes an evaluation of the impact in terms of tackling inequality and what lessons can be brought forward to new funds, with a focus on the scaleability of the fund, particularly in the context of the new Western Net Zero Accelerator Fund that BBRC is working on establishing and how the model can be transformed for a regional scale.

You can read the full report here. 

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