A pre-election debate on the future of social enterprise, involving the third sector spokespeople from all three main political parties, will be held on 3 March. The event, organised by Social Enterprise London, will take place at Coin Street Community Builders in London. Third sector minister Angela Smith, Tory Nick Hurd and Lib Dem Jenny Willott will be present.
The Charity Finance Directors' Group has set up a Charity Banking Forum to allow charities and banks to discuss issues of interest to both sectors. The decision to develop the forum, expected to meet twice a year, was made after a meeting of CFDG members with representatives from banks and the Payments Council to discuss the phasing out of cheques. It will look at possible joint initiatives between charities and banks, and at training for both charity and banking staff.
Social lender Charity Bank has appointed a new head of its northern branch. Paul Harrison, who has worked for the bank since 2008, will take up the position this month. He has worked in banking for 30 years, once as senior lending manager at Alliance & Leicester.