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Deutsche Bank launches £10m social investment fund

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7 November 2011

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Deutsche Bank will help to create a new asset class that we hope will attract a wide range of investors and deliver a significant amount of money to social enterprises.

Colin Grassie, CEO of Deutsche Bank UK

Deutsche Bank announced today that it has launched a £10m social investment fund in the UK to support social projects with a financial return.

The bank’s Impact Investment Fund will operate as a ‘fund of funds’ working with portfolio managers to channel investment into sustainable social businesses over the next three years.

It aims to generate a return that more than covers its costs over the next 10 years.

The fund intends to develop businesses that have the potential to grow profitably while providing local communities with social benefits such as employment, education and training. Bankers will also work alongside the funds to give financial advice to social entrepreneurs.

The fund will be managed to external market standards by investment managers in Deutsche Bank’s Private Equity group.

At a time of public sector spending cuts and concern about the sustainability of grant funding, the fund aims to pave the way for a new asset class that will attract a wide range of investors and turn the UK into a hub for social impact investing in early-stage growth industries such as long-term care, preventative health treatments and rehabilitative skills and training.

Colin Grassie, CEO of Deutsche Bank UK, said: ‘Deutsche Bank will help to create a new asset class that we hope will attract a wide range of investors and deliver a significant amount of money to social enterprises.

‘All banks need to put something back into the societies that sustain them. We believe that with sufficient backing from financial institutions prepared to invest not just money but time and skills as well, a new sector of socially responsible businesses can emerge.’

Deutsche Bank made an initial social investment in September last year, contributing to Big Issue Invest – the social investment arm of the Big Issue – whose investments include Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, training disadvantaged young people as chefs, and Hackney Community Transport, which has brought on local long-term unemployed people as bus drivers.

Deutsche Bank is one of the world’s biggest corporate donors, investing nearly EUR100m in social projects last year.

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