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The Black Training and Enterprise Group has published a guide urging more black and minority ethnic charities to get involved in Local Strategic Partnerships.

Less than half of English LSPs have anyone from BME groups on their boards.

Mark Lever, chief executive of WRVS, is to leave the charity after 12 years. Lever joined in 1995 and was appointed chief executive in 2002. He departs in June.

Baroness Glenys Thornton will step down as chair of the Social Enterprise Coalition in the autumn. She has chaired the coalition during its first five years.

Triodos Bank increased its lending by £50m in 2006, a 43 per cent rise on the previous year.


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