Finance news in brief

The Charity Finance Directors' Group annual IT conference will focus this year on strategic IT and new technological trends.

The event, to be held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London on 1 March, will feature 15 speakers from the charity and corporate worlds.

NCVO is urging voluntary and community organisations to explore the opportunities for trading goods and services through its bursary scheme, Only Connect. The initiative, which is sponsored by Triodos Bank, enables charities to visit other organisations with track records in making money from trading. Applications must be made by 7 March.

Autism.west midlands, a charity that works with people who have autistic spectrum disorders, has received sponsorship from Microsoft to develop a new IT system for its beneficiaries. The project is being piloted at the charity's school, Coddington Court, and is meant to help people with autism develop critical adult communication and life skills in a secure setting.

The UK200 Group, the lawyers and accountants network, is holding a training day to advise on key developments in charity law, VAT and finance that have arisen from the Charities Act. It will take place in London on 7 March.

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