An introduction to a BRAN Investments Partner – Allia

Allia is a charity that has been at the forefront of impact innovation since 1999, with initiatives across the UK that include housing, cleantech and social innovation.

Allia has helped hundreds of start-ups, small businesses and impact ventures to develop and scale, enabling significant regional employment opportunities, transforming communities and creating positive impact for people, place and planet.  Allia’s social finance solutions have raised £ millions to help charitable organisations with their development and impact aims.

Allia can help support through a range of ways. From its Future Business Centres that support local business communities; its support programmes that help entrepreneurs and ventures to grow their ideas and businesses; and through advising and arranging responsible finance for responsible businesses.  Impressively, by its 20th anniversary in 2019, Allia had:

  • Helped 2,099 businesses to start up, thrive and grow, creating new innovations & businesses.
  • Helped to create 4,969 jobs from these ventures growing, plus from other employment programmes & grants.
  • Arranged £554m in finance to help registered charities, enterprises and sustainable businesses.

We first met Allia in late 2021 and have enjoyed our interaction with the various teams, which includes sharing prospective investment opportunities, attending pitch events and even being a judge at Allia's recent Climate Accelerator Demo Day.  We are working with Allia on ideas for future collaborations together, so be sure to watch this space for any future news announcements here, as well as being happy to promote their range of services to small businesses.

More details on the activities of Allia can be found at and further details of its business support programmes, such as the Climate Accelerator, are here