Money matters: Triodos Bank, BLF in Scotland and accounting for international aid charities

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

Social lender Triodos Bank increased its lending in the UK by 14 per cent, or £34m, in the first half of 2010. The bank's figures, which were published last week, show that its total loan book is now worth £282m. The bank's lending rose by 20 per cent, or £41m, over the course of 2009. Triodos is one of the principal lenders to social enterprise and charity, but also loans money to other ethical sectors such as affordable housing, organic farming and alternative energy.

The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland has relaunched its Investing in Ideas programme, which gives grants of between £500 and £10,000 to develop ideas for social enterprises or other new services. The fund will have £1m to invest in areas such as feasibility studies, business planning and obtaining professional advice.

A free guide to financial accounting for international charities has been launched by Mango, a charity that supports the finance function of overseas aid organisations.

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