Money matters

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

The Charity Finance Directors' Group is running a conference in the north of England for the first time on 12 June. The Manchester event will cover tax, law and IT, leadership, fundraising, ethical investment, accountability and contracts. Speakers include Pesh Framjee of Deloitte and Carol Rudge, a partner at Grant Thornton. Visit

- Also going north is financial headhunter Alex Howard-Keyes, who is embarking on the Three Peaks Challenge of climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours for ex-services charity Combat Stress. Howard-Keyes, who is director at Global Sage, has set a fundraising target of £10,000. The charity has more than 3,500 veterans in its care, including 205 from recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Baigent, the third sector specialist web designer, is holding a seminar for charity IT workers who are mystified by Web 2.0. The tutorial, on 29 April, will explain what 2.0 can do, the significance of user- generated content and how to use online networks for your charity. Visit

- The Office of the Third Sector has published new research into UK social enterprise networks. The report identifies 79 national, regional, sub-regional and local networks, explores gaps in network provision and makes recommendations for how these might be addressed. Researchers suggest that so-called 'cluster networks' are successful in developing social enterprises that produce high returns.

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