This handbook provides a general overview of social investment and of the nature and shape of the UK social investment market. It is intended to provide contextual information only and is not intended to promote, recommend or endorse any particular investment opportunities. Any organisations or products mentioned are described solely for the purpose of illustration and by way of example. This handbook is not therefore intended to be an invitation or an inducement to engage in investment activity or to constitute financial advice in respect of social investments. All investment and commercial activities carry risk and social investments are no exception. As the social investment market is relatively new, the risks which apply to a specific social investment opportunity may be uncertain or difficult to assess.