Money matters

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


 - Charities in search of new funding and finance opportunities are invited to make their way to the NCVO's New Horizons conference. The conference will feature one-to-one surgeries, workshops and presentations, and an address from Phil Hope, Minister for the Third Sector. The conference takes place on 3 June at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London. For more information visit

- Unity Trust Bank has appointed Joanna Goodman (below) as a new business development manager to develop the bank's not-for-profit sector business. She will cover a region extending from north-west London to Northampton and Reading, and will join a team of 11 other colleagues based throughout the UK.

- The Church Commissioners, who manage the investments of the Church of England using an ethical policy, have been blessed. They achieved a return of 9.4 per cent on their portfolio - in line with their average return of 9.5 per cent per year over the past 10 years. The commissioners pay priests rather than maintain churches, but here's a nice picture of Holy Trinity, York (above).

- Stephen Timms, employment and welfare reform minister, dropped in on Cafe Nova Interchange, which is run by staff with mental health problems, disabilities and social disadvantages. The cafe is based in London's Elephant and Castle shopping centre, which is due to close in the next year, so it is looking for new premises.

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