First Ark


social investment in the north west

social investment in the north west

With the last decade seeing a boom in the North West social sector, there is clear potential for social enterprises. As business confidence and turnover continues to climb, these new market opportunities are increasing demand for investment. With the right financial products and support channels in place, North West social enterprises can grow even further.

First Ark Social Investment help improve access to finance for people and projects that make a positive and long lasting social impact. As part of the First Ark Group, we’ve got years of experience working with the voluntary and social sector in the North West. On a local and national level, we work to influence economic prosperity and invest our money where it will make a difference.

Our investment fund, Invest for Impact is a new approach to financing. Whether it’s charities, voluntary groups, or social businesses, we want to make it easier for social organisations to get the backing they need to grow faster and help more people.

The impact that suitable social investment can have on developing a strong social business sector is well known, and the First Ark Group’s ambition is to play a leading role in developing this across the North West.

We recently commissioned a report to understand the opportunities and challenges in seeking to increase the supply and demand for Social Investment funds across the North West of England.

You can view the summary of our research findings here.