Episode 7: Jonathan Brinsden talks about Social Enterprise


In this episode I ask Jonathan Brinsden, a partner in the Charities and Social Enterprise team at law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell, to talk about the topics we did not have time to cover in Episode 2 that is Social Enterprise, Social Investment and Community Interest Companies.

Jonathan advises on a wide variety of commercial and constitutional issues affecting charities. He has developed particular expertise in advising charities operating internationally, in particular in helping overseas charities develop their franchise within the UK, often by a subsidiary or by a dual qualified charity.

This is what we cover (I’m afraid the audio quality is a bit mixed due to the location where it was recorded but the content is still very useful!):

  • What is a ‘social enterprise?
  • The focus on outcomes not form for social enterprises.
  • What is a ‘social investment?
  • The size of the social investment market (spoiler: small).
  • Incentives for investment in social enterprises.
  • Charity Commission Guidance – mixed motive investment etc.
  • Big Society Capital and its objectives.
  • Social Investment Tax Relief.
  • Community Interest Companies and the ‘asset lock’.

Things mentioned in this episode include:

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