Responsible Finance: The Industry in 2015
Our annual flagship publication setting out the activity, achievements, challenges and impacts of our members in the responsible finance industry across the UK.
2015 proved a record year for the responsible lending market, with a 45% surge to £251million, in lending to small businesses, social enterprises and local communities. That this created 10,000 new businesses and 25,000 jobs, and ensured over 45,000 people had access to ethical loans as an alternative to high interest payday loans is testament to the remarkable economic impact – not to mention social benefit – our members achieve daily, in every city, region and nation of the UK.
Social Value: A reporting framework for community finance
This brand new tool enables our members to comprehensively, consistently and clearly report on the values of their social impacts and outcomes. By mapping the value of responsible finance to all our stakeholders, we aim to build a strong compelling case for future investment and support.
The CDFI Funding Model
Our report on the funding model for the responsible finance industry; where providers secure funding from, and potential models for sustainable funding in the future.
Inside Community Finance 2014
Our annual flagship publication, setting out the activity, achievements, challenges and impacts of our members (historically known as community development finance institutions) across the UK. It is based on a survey of our members, and provides a rich and fascinating picture of the industry.
Inside Community Finance 2014 demonstrates how our members are playing a significant role in broadening diversity in the financial services industry, and meeting increased demand for alternative finance. In 2014 Responsible Finance providers helped over 50,000 customers with loans of £173m.
An Economic Impact Tool for the Community Finance Industry
Responsible finance is having abroad range of positive impacts on the economy and society. Now, for the first time, we can calculate the value of these impacts. Supported by Citi, this report sets out how a robust evidence base has been used to develop an easy calculator that quantifies the value of responsible finance impacts.
Just Finance: Fair and affordable finance for all
Just Finance is our vision for the future of responsible finance. Access to fair and affordable finance remains a barrier to many. This is a drag on our economy – entrepreneurs are being held back and there is a dearth of community reinvestment.
Responsible finance providers are stepping up to fill the gaps caused by market failure. But to fill the £6bn gap, responsible finance needs more investment. Just Finance maps the actions that are needed to ensure we all have the basic right of access to fair finance.
Inside Community Finance 2013
Our annual flagship publication, setting out the activity, achievements and impacts of our members (historically known as community development finance institutions). In 2013, responsible finance providers lent a total of £123 million to 50,700 customers (52% more customers than in 2012), creating and protecting 17,000 jobs.
Inside Community Finance 2012
Our annual flagship publication profiling the activities and achievements of our members. Inside Community Finance 2012 contains extensive data on sustainability, income streams, lending activity, performance and outcomes, as well as new sections on impacts and case studies. The report highlights the increased demand for member services, and their vast and varied impacts despite a challenging funding environment. In 2012, our members lent £200m to 33,400 customers, creating and protecting 8,300 jobs.
Mind the Finance Gap: Evidencing demand for community finance
Unmet demand for finance amongst individuals and organisations that do not qualify for traditional bank funding has reached more than £6billion. Our research, supported by RBS Group, quantifies, for the first time, the ‘gap’ that responsible finance providers (also known as CDFIs) are trying to fill. The report concludes that this scale of unmet demand cannot be met by traditional bank finance but via a partnership of public, private and social investors – through a viable and sustainable community finance system as an established and embedded feature of the UK’s financial landscape.
Inside Community Finance 2011
Our annual flagship publication profiling the activities and achievements of our members. Inside Community Finance 2011contains streamlined data analysis and detailed policy responses. It reveals that over the year our members made 23,000 loans totalling £190m, and helped customers to leverage £78m in additional finance from high street banks.
Just Finance is the launch of our campaign to bring fair finance to all. It sets out how community finance can offer a solution to local economic development by providing access to credit to more businesses, social enterprises and families across the UK
Inside Out 2010
Our annual flagship publication – with its original title – profiling the activities and achievements of our members. Inside Out 2010 shows that our members made 19,000 loans, totalling £200m, and helped customers to leverage over £100m in additional finance from high street banks.