Comic Relief social investment fund, Red Shed, has launched a new report on changes that are required to make social investment more effective and sustainable in supporting social organisations and encouraging social innovation.

What’s in it For Us? Looks at social investment from the view of small and medium-sized charities and is based on engagement with 233 Comic Relief funded organisations. The research aimed to address a number of questions, including:

7 January, 2020

This course will give you an introduction to the basics around financial management for charities (legal requirements, SORP, best practice management reporting). You'll be led by an expert in charity finance and accounting, who can show you the ropes in just half a day.

What is this course about?

Thursday, 13 February, 2020 -
09:45 to 13:30


Power to Change has published its fifth annual report on the community business market in England.

It uses a refined methodology and the most accurate data to describe the structure, size and shape of the community business market in 2019 and considers the outlook for the year ahead.

4 November, 2019


The Charity Commission, along with the other UK regulators is seeking engagement partners to join key stakeholder groups that will help to gather feedback and ideas for changes to the charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).

Fraud risks to charities
29 October, 2019


Over two thirds of charities think that fraud is a major risk, according to new research from the Charity Commission.

Despite this, less than 9% of charities have a fraud awareness training programme.

28 October, 2019


Bristol City Council has launched its consultation on the level of council tax it will charge for the year 2020-21.

The council is proposing a number of options ranging from no increase, to a 2% increase on general services plus a further 2% that will contribute towards the provision of adult social care.

How can we create new business opportunities and make our region a better place?

The New Western Frontier is free. It’s for anyone interested in how the regional business community can create growth and deliver positive change.

The event offers:

Monday, 21 October, 2019 -
13:30 to 18:00

Join us to discuss funding & finance for community driven projects and enterprises in the West of England:

Monday, 21 October, 2019 -
10:00 to 13:30
30 September, 2019


The Charities SORP-making body has set out plans to change the way that the charity accounting framework, the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP)*, is developed so that it better meets the needs of users of charity reports and accounts.

This follows a nine-month government review of the process, which recommended that it must change in order to meet “new public expectations”.


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