Accessing support

Support and advice is a critical part of any endeavour to raise new investment. This section offers you a glimpse of the range of support available to organisations looking to attract investment.

The right support and advice can turn ideas into opportunities and opportunities into reality. If you are only just entering the social investment market or need some help to explore a new idea, this section can help point you in the right direction and most importantly help you make the best possible decision for your organisation. As empowered customers you will find it easier to navigate the market, shop around and choose the most appropriate financing for your project.

The diagnostic tool: 

The Big Potential diagnostic tool will help your organisation think about how you can develop and build your systems and people to attract investment. The tool will help you explore your organisation, its finances, people, customers, services/products and processes to better understand what more you will need to do to attract investment or become ‘investment ready’.

The tool provides useful insight to your trustees, management team and staff. We suggest that you complete it collaboratively to get the most out of the process.

The tool is open to anyone interested in social investment. You do not need to be considering an application to Big Potential to use the tool. Start your diagnostic

What support and advice can you access?

Come to an event

With over 17 event across England in the next three years, this is a fantastic way to build your knowledge, meet your peers, chat to experts and ask those questions. Come to an event

Help using our website

The Big Potential website offers a range of resources. We have put together a useful guide that helps you make the most of our website, starting with registering on the site. Download the user guide

Ask a question

Our experienced panel of experts have an acute insight into the key issues VCSEs have to deal with when taking on social investment. If you have an issue or a question then ask us and we will track down the right expert and find you an answer. Ask a question

Get the guide to social investment

This simple guide gives you an overview of the UK social investment market and helps you decide if social investment is right for your organisation. The guide has been produced by our partners Social Enterprise UK for Big Lottery Fund. Get the guide

Browse our resources

From insightful case studies to inspiring investees on film we hope you will find our collection of guides, interviews, insight and news useful. Browse our resources

Find other sources of finance

Social investment offers a wide range of options from simple debt to complex social impact bonds as well as early stage support and growth investment. We have some useful links for you. Find other sources of finance

Find an investment readiness provider

Big Potential offers you a unique chance to work with high quality business advisors to help you raise your investment. Browse our cohort of approved provider who each have a strong track record of successfully raising investment for organisations like yours. Find an investment readiness provider

How to choose an investment readiness provider

VCSEs will work together with a provider not only to prepare and submit your Big Potential proposal, but also to complete and deliver your Investment Readiness plan. So, it is important that you choose the right provider to help you achieve your goals. How to choose an investment readiness provider

Become an approved provider

Become an approved investment readiness provider to showcase your business services to social sector organisations

Big Potential is creating a database of expert providers of investment readiness services. This database will be accessible to anyone visiting the Big Potential website and will be a shop window for approved business advisors seeking to offer expert investment readiness support to the VCSE sector.

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