Money matters - David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

Saving cash, consultants and Futurebuilders feature this week.

-Children's charity NCH is being frugal with its money. It plans to save thousands of pounds and speed up its accounts payable system by installing new 'paperless office' technology. The new archive system will allow it to store about 180,000 documents electronically each year, including invoices, purchase orders and statements. 

- The third sector gets a very good deal from consultants, according to a survey by online consultant network Skillfair. The network found the sector pays consultants lower rates than either the public or private sectors, and actually lowered its prices last year. The survey of more than 500 consultants found that voluntary organisations paid an average of £450 a day for an experienced consultant, compared with the UK average of £535.

- Others on a cost-saving drive might be interested to know that reduced-price booking for the annual Community Development Finance Association Conference is available - but only if you book by today. The event is aimed at people who work in community development and is at the Met Hotel in Leeds from 25 to 27 June.

- Meanwhile, the Futurebuilders fund's 200th investment is paying off.Suffolk-based charity Waveney Crossroads, which won a contract to provide care services from Suffolk County Council, opened the doors of its new care centre last week. Futurebuilders gave Waveney a £95,000 loan and a £60,000 revenue grant to refurbish and equip its new centre, which provides respite care, and create a new managerial post.

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