In late 2012 the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) commissioned the ICSF to carry out research to assess the potential for social franchising in the UK. This document contains the findings of that research. This paper builds upon the ICSF report ‘Investing In Social Franchising’ carried out for Big Society Capital (BSC) that looked into the possibility of establishing a fund to support social ventures attempting to franchise.

This report seeks to answer two questions:

1. What potential does social replication have for delivering social value in the UK?

2. How can this be realised?

The report details eight key insights that the research uncovered relevant to the replication of proven social ventures.