Money matters

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

A training course to help finance professionals who are new to the voluntary sector is being held by the Charity Finance Directors' Group.

The course, which costs £90 per person or £120 for non-members, will be held at Coutts & Co in London on 28 January. Speakers will include Kate Sayer, charities partner at accountancy firm Sayer Vincent, and Moira Protani, head of the charity team at law firm Wilsons. For more information, visit

- A new business support network for social enterprises in the south-east of England was launched last week. The SE2 partnership will provide advice and support to social businesses throughout the region. For further information, contact Jason Mollring on 020 7566 1461 or visit

- A four-day residential programme to help social entrepreneurs in Scotland will take place in January.

The programme, which aims to train up to 25 of Scotland's future leaders of social businesses, will run from 20 to 23 January at Barony Castle, near Peebles.

For more information, visit

- The Co-operative Loan Fund, which supports social businesses, has received a £150,000 donation from the East of England Co-operative Society. The gift will help it offer loans of up to £75,000 to cooperative businesses. For more information, call 01179 166 750 or visit to download a loan application form.


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