Money matters: Helen Warrell's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

Green-Works gets royal approval, courses provide inspiration for those considering international opportunities and ethical investment and a new service offers better currency exchange deals.

- Green-Works, the social enterprise furniture recycler, has received royal approval in the form of a Queen's Award for Enterprise. The organis-ation has so far re-used more than 60,000 tonnes of redundant office furniture donated by major firms such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, EDF Energy and BT. Colin Crooks, founder of Green-Works, said the award would help his efforts to develop the scheme in other countries.

- Other social entrepreneurs considering international expansion might be interested in the From Local to Global advice seminar, which is being held in London on 20 May. The event, organised by social enterprise support organisation Striding Out, will feature discussions with experts experienced in turning small brands into cross-cultural successes.

- The Eiris Foundation is holding two specialist events on socially responsible investment. The first, on 22 May, is a round- table discussion to promote peer learning. A workshop on 30 June will include advice on regulatory guidelines and financial performance.

- Online currency exchange company 4X Currency is launching what it claims to be the fastest exchange service for fundraisers that trade overseas. The scheme will allow charities to buy foreign currency up to 12 months before all the money needs to change hands, thereby avoiding potential fluctuations in the volatile currency market.

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