Accessing finance

There is now a myriad of ways to access the finance you need for your business development or to enable your organisation to take on an asset. We can help you understand the different types of finance options and help you access what’s right for you.

Until recently Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) often accessed finances from a few traditional sources for example, applications for grants, some trading, directors loans and sometimes investing surpluses that they had built up over many years.

With the continued interest and policy development to support community asset transfer and enable community and social enterprises to take opportunities such as those presented by social impact bonds and payment by results contracts, there is a growing number of financial options becoming available to the sector for example:

  • Social investment
  • Loans
  • Mortgages
  • Share issues
  • Crowdsource
  • Community shares or bonds
  • and even grants

Understanding finance options and opportunities and building the business case for an asset transfers can be complex and requires robust feasibility, market analysis, community consultation and development of  a quality financial and investment plan – the business needs to “wash its face”. We can help you build the business case so that you have a better chance of attracting the investment you need.