New Research from ISBE Member Challenges Sector Views of Social Investment

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Findings from new research into social investment from a rural perspective identifies far less demand for debt from social investors than was previously believed to exist

ISBE member, Adrian Ashton, was commissioned to identify what additional barriers may exist to rural social enterprises in accessing social investment as part of a wider national programme. His research drew upon pre-existing peer validated and reviewed papers which highlighted that rural social enterprises are more similar to private firms in rural areas than might have been previously thought. It also identified that all social enterprises, both rural and urban, see social investors as the least preferred provider of debt finance. He then drew upon along published findings to create a set of recommendations as to how to address these apparent disconnects in how social investment is offered and accessed.

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