Money matters

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

Community service social enterprise Sunlight has become the first organisation outside south-west England to be awarded the social enterprise mark.

The hallmark was developed by Rise, the social enterprise umbrella body for the south west, to measure standards in social business. It was presented to Peter Holbrook, chief executive of Sunlight, by Conservative Party leader David Cameron at social enterprise conference Voice 09 last week.

- Charities that are also limited companies will now face stiffer penalties for filing late accounts, Companies House has warned. Penalties range from £150 for filing one month late and up to £1,500 for filing more than six months late. For more information, visit

- A guide to information security management in charities has been produced by accountancy firm Sayer Vincent and the Charity Finance Directors' Group. The guide, which outlines best practice for storing sensitive data, is available to download from the 'publications' tab at

- A one-day conference examining third sector finance in Scotland will take place on 17 March at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh. Keynote speakers at the conference, Creating a Sustainable Third Sector: Opportunities and Challenges, include John Swinney, finance minister for the Scottish Government, and Lucy McTernan, acting chief executive of the SCVO. For more information, go to

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