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UK is emerging as a global leader of impact investments

19 Jun 2015

Impact investments are gaining prominence among European governments and UHNWIs, with the UK being a leader in the field. In the latest report, WealthInsight considers impact investments' viability as new global investment opportunities, based on interviews with senior wealth managers and international private banks as well as the latest forecast from WealthInsight’s database.

In the UK alone, impact investments valued £200 million in 2014 and are expected to reach £1 billion by 2016. This growth is a result of government involvement and support through the Social Investment Task Force which was established after the G7 Social Impact Investment Forum in June 2013. In order to help new start-ups and social enterprises grow and become self-sustaining in the long term, the UK government was the first to introduce a 30% tax relief on social investments as well as providing an independent body called the Early Intervention Foundation to provide advice on social finance.

In Europe most of the private banks, including Barclays, Lloyds, RBS, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, have established a separate division to target impact investors and enhance their involvement in helping social change. WealthInsight findings suggest that UHNWIs are more likely to be the initial target audience of impact investments because of the sheer wealth they possess.

"Private banks in the UK have recognised the importance of impact investments. But more could be done in the private sector to accommodate the growing demand of impact investments in the UK and abroad. Before that happens the issue of 'impact measurement' - needs to be addressed carefully," says Dr Roselyn Lekdee, Economist at WealthInsight.

The content is based on key findings from the WealthInsight report entitled 'Insight Report: Impact Investments 2015 - Global Opportunities'.

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