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Do you have Big Potential?

Are you a new or social enterprise, established charity, voluntary or community organisation ready to grow?

Do you need investment and support?

Big Potential fresh ManagementBig Lottery Fund’s new £10 million fund is aimed at eligible voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs) to improve their sustainability, capacity and scale and help them deliver greater social impact for communities across England.

Big Potential is administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Locality, Social Enterprise UK, Charity Bank and the University of Northampton.

A grant from the fund will help VCSEs, at the very beginning of their social investment journey, to get specialist and tailored support to become investment ready.

What will the Big Potential programme offer?

Big Potential will offer VCSE organisations the chance to consider the usefulness of social investment as part of its broader financing or fundraising strategy.

VCSE’s who are aspiring to raise social investment up to £500,000 can apply for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 in total to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with us, as a Big Potential approved provider.

VCSE’s may apply first for a preliminary grant to undertake development work with a provider of their choice; and then apply for another investment plan grant when the VCSE and their provider know that an investment deal is in sight.

Organisations have access to a brand new Big Potential website with fantastic learning and development content and in-depth information on social investment including case studies, guides and a fully automated diagnostic tool.

A fresh approach

At fresh, we bring together the best of business theory, good practice and real-world experience and deliver it in a way that is clear, easy to understand, enjoyable and rewarding.

Investment readiness is core to all we do. We define it to be when an enterprise is ready, willing and able to do what it promises, in return for the funding it seeks.

We are social entrepreneurs who have founded and run social businesses, charities and community groups. Our approach is practical and relevant because we deal with the challenges of investment readiness in our own organisations.

We have a strong track record in business planning, governance, financial planning and social investment with the skills, knowledge and experience to best position you for a successful fundraising programme and a sustainable organisation in the longer term.

Our team has first-hand knowledge, hands-on expertise and effective networks across many sectors including:

  • renewable energy
  • agriculture and food
  • forestry and woodland
  • changing spaces, heritage, regeneration and planning
  • disability, mental health and care farms
  • recycling and waste
  • community shops, pubs, cafes, libraries

We can deliver on:

  • Business plans, feasibility, vision, strategy and preparation
  • Legal and board: good governance, fit for purpose structure
  • Community engagement, marketing and sales plans
  • Social investment strategy, funding mix, crowdfunding, shares, platforms, tax reliefs
  • Investment tools for structuring fundraising, including compliant share offer
  • Financial planning: modelling and forecasting
  • Financial management: systems, processes and reporting
  • Team development including  finance, marketing, recruitment, leadership and management (we are an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) approved training provider)
  • Social impact measurement and reporting

Begin your investment journey

The first stage of the Big Potential journey is for you to visit the Big Potential website   and complete the eligibility checker and diagnostic tool. If suitable, you will be invited to a more in-depth session with a support adviser after which you will be able to team up with an approved provider.

As an approved provider, we would like to help. Call 01594 546 322 to find out more