Money matters

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

- It should soon be easier to do an apprenticeship in accountancy while working for a charity, according to the organisation responsible for accounting qualifications. Dean Cassar, director of accountancy services at the Financial Services Skills Council, told Third Sector that his organisation hoped to introduce more flexibile accounting apprenticeship pathways to make it easier for apprentices to study while working for charities.

- A debate about the future of the social enterprise hallmark in Scotland will be held next month by social enterprise umbrella body Senscot. The debate will take place on 18 March at a venue to be determined. For more information, visit www.senscot.net.

- Not enough funding exists for small social enterprises in their second year and beyond, according to Nick Temple, policy and communications officer at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. He told Third Sector that there was a growing level of funding for large organisations, but he would like to see more mid-range funding for new social businesses trying to expand. "There is support for small, new organisations and support for large ones," he said. "But there's not enough in the middle."

- A new guide on how to run an ethical business has been produced by two social enterprises, Blue Rocket and The Good Folk.

The guide, which features articles from social entrepreneurs and ethical businesses, is available to download at www.bluerocketgroup.com.

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