Alternative Funding & Finance for Social Impact Organisations

27th May 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Exploring the different forms of finance available to you, and the practical steps you need to take to access these options.

Having access to affordable finance is vital to take your purposeful business or social enterprise to the next level and make more of a positive difference to the world. So it’s time to get informed about the options that are available to you!

In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore the different forms of finance available to you now, the practical steps you need to take to access these options, and the pros and cons that come with it, including sharing personal reflections of accessing different forms of finance for local enterprise development.

Who is it for?

Entrepreneurs and leaders from charities, social enterprises or purposeful organisations in Oxfordshire who want to get access to the finance they need to grow their purposeful business.

What will I learn?

What is ‘finance’?
What are the different types of investment on offer?
What are the basic steps I need to take for my purposeful business to be ‘investment ready’?
How do I attract and engage with prospective investors?
Where can I get more information and guidance locally to start accessing finance for my business?

Paul Roberts is the CEO of award-winning charity and social enterprise, Aspire, and trustee/director of local community enterprises Makespace Oxford and Flo’s – the Place in the Park. Paul has been involved in accessing different forms of finance over the last 5 years to support these community enterprises to develop their business activity and multiply their social impact.

Aspire has teamed up with Flo’s, The Place in the Park to form one of six social enterprise Hubs, helping to deliver the eScalate programme.

Josh Brewer is committed to supporting social enterprises to raise the investment they need to do the good they want to do. Working at Ethex means he can help social enterprises to reach out to ordinary investors to bring in the funding that they require using people powered finance. Josh has also volunteered at local social enterprise, Flos, the Place in the Park, to help them to raise investment to get their business started. Prior to working at Ethex, Josh worked as a responsible investment research manager at Vigeo Eiris and in the Economic Justice team at Save the Children UK. He also has experience in a wide range of other business sectors, from banking to sausage making.

For more information about the eScalate programme , visit


27th May 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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