Money Matters

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

Social enterprise support charity UnLtd has launched a new competition to find the country's most promising social entrepreneurs. It is looking for established social entrepreneurs with projects that address social problems, a track record of delivering social benefit and generating income, and a desire to increase the scale of their operations. Applications close on 21 September. More details are available at

The Directory of Social Change will launch a new guide to staying solvent in a downturn at its Charity Accountants Conference this month. A Practical Guide to Managing in a Downturn is written by charity finance experts and will cost £18.95.

A group of experts in social finance from around Europe will address a conference on social investment and public service delivery, held by third sector lender Futurebuilders England at Central Hall, Westminster (pictured) on 17 September. Speakers include shadow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and Hugues Sibille, director general of French social bank Credit Cooperatif.

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