ACEVO works to get industry onside for trading status rejig

Chief executives' body ACEVO is attempting to enlist the support of the Confederation of British Industry boss Digby Jones to persuade the Government to reverse its decision not to allow charities to trade without forming a separate company.

The Home Office has rejected a proposal to permit charities to trade "in-house" because it would give them an unfair advantage over private sector firms.

But Stephen Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO, is to meet Jones and George Cox, director-general of the Institute of Directors, in August to convince them that the proposal does not pose a threat.

ACEVO has also written to Trade Secretary Patricia Hewitt. It is widely believed that the DTI was responsible for persuading the Home Office to throw out the trading proposal. In the consultation on the strategy unit's report, where the reform was first aired, 84 per cent of respondents supported a change in the law.

See Finance, p9.

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