Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment

Lyon, Fergus ORCID logoORCID: and Owen, Robyn ORCID logoORCID: (2014) Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment. Working Paper. Third Sector Research Centre. . [Monograph]

PDF - Published version (with publisher's formatting)
Download (332kB) | Preview


There is a growing interest in social investment and the provision of loan finance to social enterprises. While there has been much discussion on the supply of finance, research on the demand has been lacking. This paper shows that 15 percent of social enterprises are seeking loan finance, with most of these borrowing from high street banks. Only one in five borrowers or 3.6 percent of all social enterprises are approaching social investors (those lenders that have a social mission), Social enterprises without assets that they can use as collateral are shown to be able to seek finance. Just under 60 percent of borrowers have unsecured finance with commercial banks providing unsecured lending to just under half of their customers. Social enterprises appear to be more successful than other types of small business in getting finance, and those more reliant on grants are more likely to succeed in getting finance, as are those with the public sector contracts as their main source of income. This research allows a clear distinction to be made between social enterprises that are not interested in loan finance, those already receiving, and those that are interested but not able
to source loans, or are discouraged. Conclusions are drawn for how best to support these gaps in provision without displacing existing finance.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Third Sector Research Centre: Working Paper 124
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 13814
Notes on copyright: © TSRC 2014
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Useful Links:
Depositing User: Pamela Macaulay
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 15:48
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 23:34

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Activity Overview
6 month trend
6 month trend

Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.