Speakers at the Social Enterprise Coalition conference, Voice10, will include Philip Blond, director of think tank ResPublica, Leighton Andrews, Welsh Assembly minister for education, and Ed Mayo, chief executive of Cooperatives UK. The two-day conference, starting on 1 February in Cardiff, will be the first public engagement for the coalition's new chief executive, Peter Holbrook.
The Charity Finance Directors' Group will launch a programme to help charities phase out the use of cheques. It will provide guidance for members, work with banks to develop alternatives for charities and carry out research to measure the impact on the sector.
Citylife, a regeneration charity, has launched a bond that can be traded on a national investment market to promote regeneration in deprived areas. The East London Bond, launched by the charity on behalf of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre and Community Links, will be launched in partnership with the Sharemark alternative trading platform, and will raise money for initiatives in east London.