Money matters: the Community Accounting Network, Age UK Enterprises, Scottish government

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John O'Brien, chair, Community Accounting Network
John O'Brien, chair, Community Accounting Network

The Community Accounting Network will hold its annual conference from 25 to 27 January at the Park Inn in York. The network conference will look at key issues for accountants supporting small charities, including impact reporting, online accounting and the planned withdrawal of cheques. The keynote speech will be given by John O'Brien, chair of the network.


Age UK Enterprises, the trading arm of Age UK, has become the first business connected to a large fundraising charity to be awarded the social enterprise mark. A spokeswoman for the Social Enterprise Mark Company said she was pleased it was being applied for by organisations outside the traditional social enterprise movement.


Charities should be eligible for start-up funding to create social enterprises, according to an independent report into the Scottish government's efforts to move third sector organisations away from grant funding. The report commissioned by the Scottish government, called Evaluation of Third Sector Investment and Support, says the funding is currently available only to individuals.


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