Microcredit and guarantee instruments in Italy’s Marche region

Sharing knowledge and experience about financial instruments in action is a central part of the fi-compass remit. Such networking happens through information events and written case studies. One example of this peer exchange refers to lessons learned from using microcredit in Italy’s Marche region. Here, a microfinance instrument has been successfully promoting social inclusion using microcredit and a guarantee fund that can also be combined with grants and business mentoring advice. This approaches uses co-finance from both the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Financial instruments under the European Social Fund promoting Social Impact Investment

Member States can use the European Social Fund (ESF) to support financial instruments such as loans, guarantees or equity products. These opportunities can help to improve access to finance for organisations, enterprises or individuals in ways that create both financial and social benefits and contribute to the ESF thematic objectives and Europe 2020 targets. Measuring social as well as financial returns is a key element of Social Impact Investment (SII).

New summary (in 23 languages) of guidelines on combining European Structural and Investment Funds with the European Fund for Strategic Investments

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe - and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) both play a crucial role in creating jobs and growth. 

New fi-compass case study focuses on business loans in Malta

The latest case study published by fi-compass presents a First Loss Portfolio Guarantee (FLPG) instrument implemented in Malta from 2011 to 2015 for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). These types of businesses play a predominant role in the Maltese economy, with SMEs accounting for 99.8% of companies and 79% of jobs in the country. Access to credit for SMEs had been difficult in the recent past.

EU-wide research study sheds light on SME financing patterns

Fi-compass provides advisory services on financial instruments funded by European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). A key target group for many ESIF financial instruments is small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). These comprise a diverse range of businesses with differing financing profiles and they include enterprises that are eligible for support from each of the ESI Funds.