Money matters

Helen Warrell's round-up of what's happening in the finance world.

- Mark Kinsella, a charities expert at accountancy firm Chantrey Vellacott, has been promoted to partner as part of the firm's development programme. Kinsella has been at Chantrey Vellacott for seven years and specialises in internal audit, risk assessment and fraud management. The firm is in the process of expanding its internal audit division.

- The UK division of Allied Irish Bank is rapidly making friends in the sector because of the success of its plan to save the money it would have spent on Christmas cards and donate it to charity instead. So far, the bank has raised £12,845 each for elderly people's charity MHA and NCH, the children's charity. Both donations came from the bank's 2007 Christmas card embargo.

- Voluntary sector lender Unity Trust Bank has arranged a £2m loan so that homelessness charity Action Housing & Support can finance its housing stock. The bank's investment will help to fund a major expansion of the charity's property portfolio and help it to provide more homes for those living in insecure and inadequate accommodation.

- Social Firms UK, the charity that is the voice for social enterprises in the labour market, is to hold its next annual conference at Reading University on 23 and 24 June. The event will be opened by Stephen Timms, employment and welfare reform minister, and will look at how social enterprises can help meet the employment needs of those with disabilities and mental health problems, as well as the homeless and ex-offenders.

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