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Helping enterprises tackle the toughest challenges in society

Barclays is offering mentoring and support for newly established social enterprises that are leading the way to tackle some of the toughest challenges in society.

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We have joined forces with the Big Issue Invest Corporate Social Venturing (CSV) Challenge, in an effort to support the next generation of UK social enterprises working in areas such as education and homelessness. As the main corporate sponsor of the initiative, we have provided funding that will enable investment grants of up to £50,000 to be made to ten businesses selected as challenge winners. Our employees will be among volunteers providing business support and intensive coaching to the 20 social enterprises shortlisted, in addition to taking part in the judging panel to select the strongest entries. 

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This programme will see Barclays invest not only money, but colleagues’ time and expertise in helping social enterprises develop and grow, many of which will support young people in disadvantaged communities.
Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment.

“Our partnership with Big Issue Invest is an important part of Barclays’ broader commitment to impact five million young futures by 2015,” said Kathleen Britain, Head of UK Community Investment. “This programme will see Barclays invest not only money, but colleagues’ time and expertise in helping social enterprises develop and grow, many of which will support young people in disadvantaged communities.”

Kathleen added: “The CSV programme will help support a talented pool of people in developing the skills they need to fulfil their potential while adding real and significant value to society.”

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Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue, backs sustainable social enterprises, charities and ventures that help tackle poverty and inequality. Their CSV programme supports social enterprises that can deliver both social and financial returns. 

Visit bigissueinvest-csv.com to find out more or apply to take part in the challenge. Closing date: Monday, 19 May 2014 at 17:00. 

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