Money matters

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

- Social enterprises have been recognised for their work at the annual Enterprising Solutions Awards. The Best Social Enterprise Award went to the Phone Co-Op, the UK's only telephone cooperative. Other winners included CEiS, NMC Design+Print, the Wise Group, Sunlight Social Enterprises and Fyndoune Community College. "The winners are testament to what can be accomplished when innovation and responsible business are combined," said Jonathan Bland (above), chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition.

- Veterinary charity PDSA made a surplus of about £9m in the year to the end of 2007, and had a total income of about £88m, according to its annual report and accounts, released last week. The charity's total reserves are now running at £109m.

- Social enterprise will be promoted nationwide next month on Social Enterprise day. Not-for-profit companies are encouraged to engage with local communities and raise awareness of the services they provide on 20 November, as part of a national drive to increase the profile of the sector. To find out more, email

- National Ethical Investment Week will be held annually after the success of the inaugural event,according to its organiser, the UKSocial Investment Forum. The forum said it had received widespread endorsement and coverage from the media and the financial services industry. The next National Ethical Investment Week will take place from 17 to 23 May next year.


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