Fund performance

Eight charities and social enterprises have won investments and contracts worth £35 million, thanks to a world-leading business support fund managed by the Social Investment Business and funded by the Cabinet Office, reveals a report released today.

The £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) is the world’s first fund dedicated to helping charities and social enterprises acquire the skills they need to raise investment and compete for public service contracts, and it has already made a “significant and positive impact”, according to the independent review by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

The development of the social sector has been held back because many charities and social enterprises lack the skills or experience to successfully raise investment or compete for public sector contracts. Many have also been unable or unwilling to pay for specialist support and there has been a limited market of organisations offering these services.

The BCG report, Ready, Willing and Able, An interim review of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund found that the ICRF had already had a “significant and positive impact” against these obstacles:

  • The nearly £35 million of investment raised and contracts won with support of the ICRF was “impressive” and in line with expectations;
  • Ventures reported significant increases in their skills and knowledge and 70% thought they would need less help in the future;
  • The ICRF had grown the market in providing business support services to charities and social enterprises, and ventures were starting to become more willing to pay for them as they became aware of the benefits they could bring.


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The Boston Consulting Group reviewed the performance of the Investment and Contract Readiness Fund in early 2014. The complete story is available now.

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