Together with Good Finance, VONNE and Access - The Foundation for Social Investment, Big Society Capital was delighted to be part of the first ever Good Finance Live. It's aim was to provide a space where social enterprises and charities who were actively looking for capital could meet with a wide range of social investors - all in one place.
With Good Finance Live, we wanted to create an informal but informative setting with plenty of opportunity for conversation and connections. I've been to big national conferences before that aimed to include this aspect. But I found that, on the whole, they never quite managed to achieve it with either the nature of the content or the cost getting in the way.
Similar to Let's Talk Good Finance events, Good Finance Live was a chance to hear direct from those who have already taken on social investment as well as learn about new developments in the sector. But it also featured a marketplace where charities and social enterprises could meet and talk directly to a whole range of social investors.
The initial feedback we've had has been really positive so it seems like we're on the right track! We're still gathering feedback and look forward to sharing our learning shortly.
For this pilot Good Finance Live event, we headed to sunny Newcastle and to social enterprise venue Bamburgh House. Below, you can catch up on what happend on the day including speaker presentations and podcasts of the event. In addition to having space for lots of networking, the four main elements to Good Finance Live included:
You can listen again to the Good Finance Live podcasts, view the social investment journeys of organisations, and find out what's new in social investment on the Big Society Capital website.