Q&A Best Bits: How to Get Your Social Enterprise Ready for Investment

Our Expert Clinic Answered Your Questions about Sourcing Finance for Social Enterprises - Here is a Round up of the Advice They Gave

Gary Stott, Create Leeds, is one of the founders and the Deputy Chair of The CREATE Foundation: Investors are interested in figures but essentially it's about you: It is a really fine line to balance between pitching yourself as assertively commercial and outcome driven for social return. It takes time and in the end it is about relationships.
It is about investors sitting in front of you and saying "I like the figure but essentially 'are you investable?' " That takes time and trust and some enterprises run out of cash before that relationship bears fruit.

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