Finance news in brief

Quotes4Charity, a community interest company that provides financial services, has begun trading on a new brokering scheme that will donate 30 per cent of its income to charity.

Assets Reunited, an assets recovery business, and IT company ICSA Software International have joined forces to return cash in dormant bank accounts to its rightful owners. The government-backed Commission on Unclaimed Assets is due to report on 14 March on its proposal to use £400m of the estimated £3bn in dormant bank accounts to create a social investment bank.

Aspire, the Shell Foundation's programme to develop small enterprises in developing countries, has raised the value of its east Africa operations to £22m. Donations from organisations such as the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Skoll Foundation have been matched by Kenya's Commercial Bank of Africa, Uganda's DFCU Bank, Tanzania's Eurafrican Bank and the Banque Commerciale du Rwanda.

Berwin Leighton Paisner, a City law firm, has been named private client team of the year at the Legal Business Awards because of its work for the Arts Council England. BLP prevented the application of legislation that threatened to bankrupt the Arts Council with a back-dated tax bill.

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