Social investment

Arnold to lead funding deals for SIS Ventures

Scottish finance provider, Social Investment Scotland (SIS), has appointed a UK specialist on the growing market for mission-driven business as its first head of SIS Ventures, the wholly-owned impact investment fund.

Jill Arnold will take over responsibility for the investor’s existing portfolio and help to lead the next phase of fundraising to support the market for purpose-based business in Scotland.

She joins SIS Ventures from RBS where she led the enterprise strand of the bank’s purpose-led strategy, which committed to helping create 50,000 businesses across the UK by 2023, through inspiring and supporting over half a million people consider entrepreneurship as a career.

During this time Ms Arnold (pictured) led the bank’s enterprise programme delivery and developed and launched ‘Back Her Business’, the UK’s first female-only crowdfunding programme that supports would-be entrepreneurs.

Prior to that, she led the strategy development, and delivery, of the bank’s £2.5m per annum Skills & Opportunities Fund, which helped people in disadvantaged communities help themselves to start up in business.

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