News and Press Releases

8th June 2017

Learning Possibilities has been named a finalist in the 2017 Microsoft Public Sector: Education Partner of the Year Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer …

2nd May 2017

Unforgettable, a leading online provider of dementia products and services, has secured a £2.25m investment in a round led by US investor, McKesson Ventures. The funding – which is also supported by Unforgettable’s existing investors, Impact Ventures UK and Bridges …

27th April 2017

Livity, the youth-led creative agency, has been identified as one of the UK’s most exciting, fast-growth businesses in the 2017 Leap 100. The Leap 100 is an annual list of companies nominated by Mischon de Reya and City A.M., who …

20th April 2017

The key to success for any business? “The psychology of the founder”, says James Hardy. The co-founding CEO of Avenue51 and former Head of Alibaba Europe led a session with IVUK’s CEOs on effective strategies and mindsets as a business …

20th February 2017

A specialist from Strathclyde Business School has been appointed to chair the investment arm of Scotland’s first social enterprise letting agency as it enters the next phase of an ambitious growth plan. John Anderson, Head of SME Engagement at Strathclyde …

1st February 2017

“My mental maths has certainly got loads better. They take your phone away so we have to do all the calculations in our heads, on the spot,” says Nick Jenkins, the Dragons’ Den dragon, founder of Moonpig and businessman whose …

18th November 2016

LGT Impact Ventures was given highly rated accreditation at the Investment Week Sustainable Investment Awards 2016 for Best Social Impact Investor. The team is delighted with this accolade and congratulate Bridges Ventures who won the award. Click here for details …

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12th October 2016

Glasgow-based social enterprise and letting agency Homes for Good has been shortlisted for five annual business and professional awards this year in recognition of its ongoing commitment to ethics, social change and tenants’ wellbeing. Homes for Good has been trading …

11th October 2016

A caring son is taking some of the stress, and cost, out of managing financial affairs for a loved one James Ashwell was 25 when he started caring for his mother. Three years earlier Fay Ashwell, a florist, trained chef, …

29th September 2016

The social enterprise K10 Apprenticeships has closed a second institutional round of social investment, raising £500,000 from CAF Venturesome, Trust for London, and Treebeard Trust. The funding will be used to refinance the loan from Impact Ventures UK (IVUK), who …

28th September 2016

Award-winning social impact fund Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) has announced its investment of up to £1.5 million into London-based youth marketing agency Livity, whose client base includes Unilever, Google and Barclays. Livity was co-founded in 2001 by Sam Conniff and …

16th September 2016

“Efficiently investing capital to create value and great social and environmental impact is at the core of what we do”. H.S.H., Prince Max von und zu Liechtenstein, CEO LGT. LGT Impact Ventures, a global impact investor focusing on private equity …

25th July 2016

Apprentices from K10 share their views on how a construction apprenticeship can be transformative: giving relevant skills and knowledge, and a clear route to sustainable employment. See the video below, with special thanks to the London Legacy Development Corporation and …

25th May 2016

A Big New Market? Five years after the launch of Big Society Capital, its first CEO takes stock of what the organization has (and hasn’t) achieved. By Nick O’Donohoe Big Society Capital (BSC) originated in the London office of Sir Ronald …

20th May 2016

Ten years ago, James Ashwell received the phone call that changed his life. His dad had died from a sudden illness. Ashwell left the office and returned home to discover his mother was suffering badly – not only from grief, …

16th May 2016

The award-winning Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) fund and a group of angel investors announce they have invested £1.1m into communications agency Latimer Group. Latimer is an award winning agency creating youth opportunity through cutting edge marketing campaigns. The London based …

10th May 2016

Learning Possibilities Group announces Series A Financing from Niveda Group, Impact Ventures UK and others. Learning Possibilities announced today that it has secured £3.9 million (UKP) in capital and debt for its Series A financing round, in order to accelerate …

4th May 2016

The Carers UK publication has done an interview with James on caring for his mum and setting up Unforgettable™ Here at Unforgettable™ we’re really pleased to see founder James Ashwell appearing in the quarterly issue of Caring Magazine, the publication …

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26th January 2016

I spend a lot of time mulling about impact measurement, unintended consequences and the effect of pressure, complexity and ambiguity on the behavior of leaders – especially those who say they are “social entrepreneurs” and are driven by a passion …

14th December 2015

  When James Ashwell was 24 years old, working for Accenture in London, he got a phone call telling him his dad was dead. “I remember literally falling to the floor; it took all the wind out of me. I …

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4th December 2015

LGT Impact Ventures (LGT IV) portfolio organisation M-KOPA Solar – the world’s leading pay-as-you-go energy provider to off-grid homes – announced the closing of a US$19 million financing round in which LGT IV also participated with a follow-on investment. London-based …

24th November 2015

Last week, LGT Impact Ventures was recognised with the Sustainable Investments Award 2015 in the category “Best Social Impact Investor – Highly Commended” by the Investment Week. With this, LGT IV’s work has been recognised for the second consecutive year. In …

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3rd November 2015

Most apps designed for mental health sufferers — including those endorsed by the NHS — are clinically unproven and potentially ineffective, a new study has shown. In research published in the journal Evidence Based Mental Health, a team at the University …

9th October 2015

On October 1st LGT Impact Ventures together with KFI won the SVCA Award “Most Impactful Funder / SE of the year” where the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association celebrated its 23rd  anniversary with a gala dinner. Other 2015 …

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24th September 2015

24 September, 2015 Homes for Good Investments has published its first annual social impact report in association with Social Value Lab. Please click here for more info.

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17th July 2015

17 July, 2015 IVUK and Bridges’ Social Sector Funds, along with the company’s management, have committed a total of £1.5m to Unforgettable.org (‘Unforgettable’), a pioneering website and e- commerce platform to support those living with dementia and their carers which will launch officially in September. …

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5th June 2015

The gap between Mental Health needs and services. Big White Wall CEO reviews potential to improve access to mental health treatment in the UK, US and globally. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, one in every …

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14th May 2015

Like all the best ideas, it’s very simple. The majority of people who need mental health services don’t currently access them – whether because of logistics, worry about asking for help, or not knowing what’s available. Lots of people use …

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31st March 2015

With this award, Jen Hyatt joins the ranks of the top social entrepreneurs worldwide, earning recognition from the Schwab Foundation, a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum. She is one of three social entrepreneurs selected from Europe. Hyatt said she was …

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26th March 2015

On 24 March the NHS Choices Mental Health Apps Library was launched with Big White Wall one of the first five services to be featured.  The NHS Choices gathers over 40 million visits per month, 9.7 million of which are to …

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26th March 2015

Homes for Good Investments, a Scottish property investment company, has taken a big step forward in helping to address the chronic lack of social housing in Greater Glasgow as it secures funding to buy 80 properties to rent to people …

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27th February 2015

London, 27 February, 2015 Award-winning social impact fund Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) has exceeded its fundraising target and has closed after raising £36 million from investors. New investors include the European Investment Fund, Trust for London, and the University of …

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19th February 2015

The aim of this new index is twofold: to act as a matchmaker between social enterprises seeking investment and suitable investors, and to push forward the quality of transparency and impact measurement among those who hold the social investment purse-strings. …

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1st December 2014

LGT Impact Ventures is proud to be recognised for its Global Impact in the recent Social Investment Awards arranged by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office.

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1st November 2014

In November 2014, LGT Impact Ventures was recognized as “Best Social Impact Investor” at the Sustainable Investment Conference 2014 in London, sponsored by the “Investment Week”.

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10th October 2014

Impact Ventures UK announced a £1 million investment in Big White Wall, the leading digital mental healthcare provider in the UK, to enable its expansion globally in new technology, features and staff over the next three years.

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2nd September 2014

Impact Ventures UK has put forward £2 million to invest in a joint venture with Glasgow-based social enterprise Homes for Good CIC, to create a portfolio of newly refurbished properties for people in social housing need across the Greater Glasgow region.

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12th May 2014

Impact Ventures UK has invested in Buddy Enterprises Ltd, a social enterprise that provide a digital tool, the Buddy App, to support the delivery of mental health and well-being services.

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24th March 2014

LGT Impact Ventures and Berenberg’s award-winning £20.8million Impact Ventures UK (IVUK) social impact fund has made its first investment of £800,000 in K10, an independent social enterprise that employs apprentices and places them in the London construction industry.

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9th December 2013

LGT Impact Ventures and Berenberg announce the first close of their social impact fund, Impact Ventures UK (IVUK), after raising GBP £20.8 million from investors, including London Borough of Waltham Forest Pension Fund, Deutsche Bank, Stichting Anton Jurgens Fonds, The Golden Bottle Trust, and Big Society Capital.