Dot to Dot are specialists in the charity and social enterprise sector having worked with hundreds of organisations since our founding in 2015. Our existence has co-existed with the rise of social investment in the UK.  However, we still find on a regular basis that  organisations are not aware of the huge potential beneficial impact of taking on Social Investment. 

The common perception is that social investment is difficult to obtain and worse still, difficult to repay – yes, that’s right… social investment is repayable finance. However, for the right organisations Social Investment can be a game-changer providing essential funds to scale, deliver a new contract or secure that vital asset. 

In 2021 Dot to Dot delivered a Social Investment learning programme guiding eight brilliant charities and social enterprises through the principles and requirements needed to fully benefit from social investment. 

It was a brilliant programme and the organisations really benefited from a better understanding of how and when to use Social Investment to their advantage to achieve growth. We wanted to share this knowledge as part of our free webinar programme.

We’ve wanted to host a webinar for a long time to take organisations through the basic requirements and we’ll be joined by experts from the Social Investment sector.  We’re  delighted that our webinar guest speakers have agreed to join us:

  • Christian Stannard from Social Investment Business
  • Ishita Ranjan from Good Finance and Spark & Co founder

Register to attend our webinar

We have worked up a quick list where social investment can help your organisation to achieve your objectives:

  1. Kick start your organisation or a new traded income stream 
  2. Support cash flow 
  3. Provide essential finances to support scaling up or scaling out (depending on your approach and view on social impact) 
  4. Support you to buy an asset 
  5. Increase you social impact – do more things in more places with more people  

Our Guests speakers  

Christian Stannard – Senior Relationship Manager – New Business at  Social Investment Business 

Christian has worked in social investment for the last 15 years which has given him the opportunity to work with a wide range of organisations, from some of the UK’s largest charities to pioneering social enterprise start ups. 

His current role involves delivering new lending as well as managing a portfolio of investments. 

Ishita Ranjan –  Senior Project Manager at Good Finance and Founder of Spark & Co 

Ishita has a wealth of experience working with organisations and funders. Alongside her work at Spark and Co,  Ishita works for Good Finance (an autonomous, independent project funded by Big Society Capital and The Access Foundation) and oversees its mission and strategic growth. She is passionate about social impact, equality, and the role we play as individuals in building an equitable world. 

Simon Pickering – Director at Dot to Dot Training & Consulting 

Simon founded Dot to Dot in late 2015 to provide consultancy and training for charities and social enterprises. We’re supported hundreds of organisations during this period with training, fundraising strategies, social enterprise start up and scale up support. 


Join us on July 12th at 11am for a one hour webinarregister your free place here

About SIB

Social Investment Business is a UK registered charity and trading company that offers loans, grants and other financial products to charities and social enterprises.

SIB’s Investment Manager Deborah Smart joined Simon and Murphy’s Homeless Link podcast  – This Much We Know to share her knowledge and expertise on Social Investment.

You can listen here or below.


About Good Finance 

Good Finance is on a mission to support organisations navigate the world of social investment. Good Finance is a collaborative project to help improve access to information on social investment for charities and social enterprises. 

Ishita joins Simon and Murphy’s Homeless Link podcast  – This Much We Know to share her knowledge and expertise on Social Investment.  This will be released next Tuesday 12th July at 12.30.