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MEIF and NPIF invest GBP50m in firms focused on net-zero

MEIF and NPIF invest GBP50m in firms focused on net-zero

The British Business Bank’s regional funds — the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) — have enabled more than GBP50 million of investment, including from the private sector, into small businesses in the Midlands and North of England to reduce their carbon footprint and support developing innovative solutions to tackling the climate emergency and reaching net zero.

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Maximising ESG impact in private equity: Part Three – The keys to future success

Maximising ESG impact in private equity: Part Three – The keys to future success

By Sam Gilbert-Ward, business analyst, Pollen Street Capital – Looking to the future, post-Covid, the success of ESG impact investing can be secured by championing three key pillars. First, building ESG into the culture of organisations, supporting initiatives with the resource it deserves. Second, establishing best practice. And third, going beyond reporting, focusing on the actual impact and celebrating successes.

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Opportunity for managers to drive impact in ESG analytics

Opportunity for managers to drive impact in ESG analytics

Given its inherently analytical nature, private equity is well placed to include environment, social and governance (ESG) factors in its investment process. The challenge lies in making sure the data being collected is relevant and material. This hurdle needs to be conquered as investors are starting to pass over managers who are not taking this matter seriously.

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Maximising ESG impact in private equity: Part Two – What needs to change within the framework? 

Maximising ESG impact in private equity: Part Two – What needs to change within the framework? 

By Sam Gilbert-Ward, Business Analyst, Pollen Street Capital – With governments, businesses and people looking towards the ‘new normal’ post Covid-19 we begin to see the areas where the pandemic has been a catalyst for change. Across the globe businesses are galvanised to consider what ESG really means for them. The refocusing of priorities has given many the opportunity to re-assess their ESG framework and ensure that the strategy put in place creates real impact. 

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Maximising ESG impact in private equity – the foundations of ESG

Maximising ESG impact in private equity – the foundations of ESG

By Sam Gilbert-Ward, Business Analyst, Pollen Street Capital – Environmental, social and governance issues have been rising up the agenda across all industries, not least financial services. Within the sector, we’ve seen businesses eager to embed impact as an integral part of their overarching company strategy. However, while ESG has become a ‘buzzword’, a lot of businesses don’t know how best to maximise their impact.