Money matters - David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world

- Futurebuilders England is hosting a series of regional roadshows to help funding advisers give guidance on bidding for investment.

The free events take place across England between 3 October and 28 November. "The roadshows offer a great opportunity for support organisations to hear from us directly about our plans," said Jonathan Lewis, chief executive of Future-builders England. For more information, call 0191 269 2873 or visit

- The Ethical Property Foundation and Triodos Bank are running a training event to advise charities in south-west England on buying commercial property. Advice will also be available from property agency Williams Gunter Hardwick and charity law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite. The event takes place in Chippenham on 24 September and costs £5.

- The next meeting of the Charities Buying Group will take place on 29 September. The event, at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London, is aimed at charity chief executives, treasurers and procurement managers. The keynote speaker will be Geoff Dicks of the Royal Bank of Scotland. A full programme is available at

- Paul Breckell, finance director of the RNID, has been appointed chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy's Charity Panel. Breckell will preside over projects that include creating a guide for finance staff in smaller charities and developing new guidance on partnerships between the public and third sectors.

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