Money matters

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

- HM Revenue & Customs has asked charities that are having difficulty making tax payments on time to contact its Business Payment Support Service. The service allows charities to negotiate more flexible payments for VAT, national insurance and income tax. For more information, call 0845 302 1435. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm during the week and 8am to 4pm at weekends.

- A training day to introduce new charity finance professionals to the sector will take place in Birmingham on 18 March. The day, organised by the Charity Finance Directors' Group and open only to employees of registered charities, will be delivered by Kate Sayer of accountancy firm Sayer Vincent and Moira Protani of law firm Wilsons. Further courses will be held later in the year in other parts of the country. For more information, visit the events section at

- The Community Development Finance Association is offering a course to boost leadership skills among its members. Leadership in Action, a course for senior staff in community development finance institutions, will take place at the Inn at Woburn in Bedfordshire from 24 to 26 March, with five half-day follow-ups later in the year.

- Pluss, a social firm that helps disabled people in south-west England, has been awarded the social enterprise mark, a kitemark designed to make social enterprises easily recognisable. It is the first time the mark has been awarded to a social firm, a particular type of social enterprise that provides training and employment for severely disabled people. Rise, the regional group for social enterprises in the south west, ran a trial of the kitemark last year.

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