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The CDFA and community development finance in the press

Selected press coverage:


20/07/2014, Mail on Sunday – “Non-bank business funding site given big boost with addition of 40 new community finance institutions

16/07/2014, New Start – Community finance could unlock economic growth in local communities

01/07/2014, The Guardian – After the Wonga letters scandal, are there alternatives to payday loans?

27/06/2014, The Independent – Rejected by the lenders? There is now a third way

30/04/2014, Evening Standard – Lloyds backs £5 million small business fund

21/05/2014, London Loves Business – Sir Michael Snyder: Business funding must start small and think big

27/05/2014, The Guardian –  payday lenders are quitting Britain, what comes next?

14/05/2014, Bristol Post – Finance project aims to help businesses soar

13/05/2014, Co-operative News – Co-operative and Community Finance celebrates the best lending year since 1973

08/05/2014, Third Sector – Social Investment Scotland launches new £16m fund

16/04/2014, New Start – Community Finance special issue

08/04/2014, Scotsman – Community firms and charities get £16m fund

01/04/2014, The Guardian – A  small business guide to alternative funding

31/03/2014, Financial Times –  Charity Bank to get £14.5m investment from Big Society Capital

31/03/2014, New Start – Why data is key to effective community finance    

20/03/2014, Bdaily – Key Fund Shapes Social Investment Landscape

25/02/2014, BQ Magazine – The Art of Supporting Business

13/02/2014, The Information Daily – A year of innovation & celebration for community finance

04/02/2014, The Guardian – Community finance can rejuvenate business and support communities

04/02/2014, Local Gov – Think tank calls community reinvestment act

26/01/2014, The Guardian – Lending to small businesses receives boost



18/10/2013, Insider News – Age cap lifted on Start-Up Loans

18/10/2013, The News – New investment allows work at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal “

17/10/2013, Liverpool Daily Post – MSIF in £2.7m boost for small firms

17/10/2013, Third Force News – Social Investment Scotland outlines five-year growth plans

17/10/2013, Northern Echo – New loan fund for Tees Valley businesses

09/10/2013, BQ Magazine – Time to celebrate local finance heroes

13/09/2013, About My Area – Parity Trust Launches Community Share Offer

09/10/2013, Bdaily – Time to celebrate finance heroes

08.10/2013, Insider Media – ART looks ahead to more lending

02/10.2013, The Business desk – Aston Reinvestment Trust plans 45% increase in SME lending

01/10/2013, Ilkeston Advertiser – Loan kickstarts classic car dream

27/09/2013, The Star – Social enterprise sector takes off

27/09/2013, Sky Tyne & Wear – £5m in funding available to North East businesses

25/09/2013, Portsmouth News – Investors wanted for community projects in Portsmouth

24/09/2013, Third Sector – Social investment is not ‘the cavalry coming to the rescue’

24/09/2013, Yorkshire Post – New chief executive of Key Fund sets out mission to help North’s social enterprises

19/09/2013, Cambridge Network – Entrepreneurs struggling to get a bank loan can now get help from local charity

18/09/2013, Herald Scotland – Turnover increases for majority of social and community ventures

18/09/2013, The Scotsman – Charities set for rise in turnover

09/09/2013, The Guardian – Community Development Finance Initiatives: how do they work?

05/09/2013, Huffington Post – Can Credit Unions Really Compete With the Profits of Wonga?

05/09/2013, Information Daily – The entrepreneurs putting people and the environment at the heart

04/09/2013, Manchester Evening News – Government scheme helping entrepreneurial jobseekers

04/09/2013, Small Business – Getting a business loan from a CDFI

02/09/2013, This is Money – Can you bend it like Beckham? The start-up helping budding footballers secure scholarships to the American dream

27/08/2013 News & Star Carlisle woman quits law job to set up online baby clothes business

23/08/2013, News & Star – New directors for loans company Enterprise Answers

23/08/2013, In Practice – The changing face of access to business finance

21/08/2013, The Guardian – Co-ops: sustainable success and business breakdown

20/08/2013, Lancashire evening Post – Community finance fund’s £29,000 boost

19/08/2013, The Business desk – New loan fund launched to help Wolverhampton SMEs

12/08/2013, Insider media – Aston Reinvestment Trust doubles lending pot to £2.5m

09/08/2013, Portsmouth News – Social finance firm backs South Parade Pier trust

07/08/2013, Times & Star – New fashion boutique promises to make the clothes you want

06/08/2013, Northern Echo – Lucy Mallam works with Thornaby-based Five Lamps to achieve goal

01/08/2013, BBC Scotland – Scotcash receives £1m Lottery funding

01/08/2013, STV – Scotcash receives funding to expand services

30/07/2013, Co-operative News – Co-investment helps care firm break out of old deal

30/07/2013, Co-operative News – Financing Co-operatives: How to make a successful loan application

29/07/2013, Lancashire evening Post- Key advice for Lancashire entrepreneurs

25/07/2013, Information Daily – Church of England’s war on Wonga is good news for fairer finance

25/07/2013, Hebden Bridge Times - Business takes centre stage as it aims to double its UK workforce

24/07/2013, Insolvency News – Banks to release UK lending data for 10,000 postcodes

24/07/2013, BBC Radio 5 Live – Shelagh Fogarty. Programme

24/07/2013, Bdaily – More money for mojitos

24/07/2013, Bdaily – Bank lending disclosure good news for poor communities

22/07/2013, BQ Magazine – Need a business loan? Think beyond the banks

18/07/2013, Manchester Evening News – Daniel goes from being behind bars to running his own café bar

13/07/2013, I4U News – Community development finance fund gets £12million boost

12/07/2013, Third Sector – Community development finance fund gets £12m boost

12/07/2013, Civil Society – CDFA scheme to provide access to finance gets £12m boost

11/07/2013, Bdaily – Pioneering community lenders offered further Government support

05/07/2013, The Star – Women lead way on start-up loans

20/06/2013, Bdaily – Liverpool space store wins Government Start-Up Loan

20/06/2013, Bdaily – Yorkshire entrepreneurs to take advantage of £117.5m pot

18/06/2013, Bradford Telegraph & Argus – More support is offered to young entrepreneurs in Bradford

18/06/2013, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner – £6m booster for promising SMES

18/06/2013, Express & Star – Growth Fund loan aids Stafford window firm

14/06/2013, This is Staffordshire – A Lending Hand to Firms

12/06/2013, Bdaily – The joy of six million to boost businesses

07/06/2013, Bdaily – Funding for Lending needs a re-think

01/06/2013, Yorkshire Post – SMEs have chance for share of £6m

01/06/2013, Sunday People – Bedroom Tax: Payday loan firms are cashing in on plight

31/05/2013, Information Daily - Big bank monopoly: SMEs should have access to alternative finance

31/05/2013, Information Daily – Banking the unbankable

23/05/2013, Daily – The alternative to alternative finance

20/05/2013, The Guardian – If CDFIs are forced to get ruthless

20/05/2013, Pioneers Post – Meeting £1bn unmet demand for social investment finance

13/05/2013, Bdaily – Start-Up Loans age restrictions should be scrapped

01/05/2013, Information Daily – Bring real money back to our communities

30/04/2013, Blue & Green – Growing confidence in alternative finance’ as ethical lending grows

29/04/2013, Insider Media – Sources of finance explored – Insider breakfast

25/04/2013, Daily – Young entrepreneur shapes up thanks to support scheme

25/04/2013, Pioneers Post – Ethical lending on the rise in the UK as bank lending falls

17/04/2013, Rochdale News – £1.5 million milestone for North West start-up loans

15/04/2013, BAD news – CDFIs should deliver business bank

11/04/2013, Civil Society – CDFIs best placed to deliver business bank capital, say sector bodies

10/04/2013, Daily – Loan scheme to boost Yorkshire Entrepreneurs

09/04/2013, Manchester Gazette – £24 million Manchester business loan fund launched to help businesses find finance

08/04/2013, Daily – Student entrepreneur secures Start-Up Loan for eBook business

04/04/2013, Liverpool Daily Post – MSIF hits £4m business funding tar

04/04/2013, Skelmersdale Advertiser – Lancashire Community Finance offer young entrepeneurs a helping hand with the start-up loan scheme

03/04/2013, Financial Times – Leeds fund makes a good social bet

27/03/2013, Insider media – Dudley fund makes £230k of loans since launch 26/03/2013, The Star – Record loans made by Enterprise Agency

26/03/2013, In Cumbria – Cumbrian Company hits £5m lending mark

26/03/2013, Information Daily – Where have the local bank managers gone?

26/03/2013, Information Daily – FSA’s lowering of banking entrant barriers ‘a huge step forward’

24/03/2013, Lancaster Guardian – Help at hand for young entrepreneurs

22/03/2013, Pioneers Post – CDFIs help start-up loans exceed expectations

15/03/2013, Huffington Post – Don’t put funding for lending on steroids, put it on CDFIs

08/03/2013, Guardian Social Enterprise Network – Expert advice: social enterprise and financial services

23/02/2013, Accountancy Live – Demand for alternative funding reaches £6bn

15/02/2013, Pioneers Post – Bridging the gap: £6bn finance chasm for those outside mainstream finance

15/02/2013, UK Business Angels Association – CDFA uncovers £6bn demand for community finance

13/02/2013, Third Sector – Social finance falls £2.1bn below demand, suggests report

13/02/2013, Huffington Post – The £6bn finance gap

12/02/2013, Business Zone – Unmet demand for business finance at £1.3 billion a year

12/02/2013, Real Business – £6billion gap in finance for individuals and organisations outside mainstream finance

04/02/2013, Founded By Us, Osborne orders big banks to allow for more start-up challengers


19/10/2012: Management Today – Putting ‘community’ back into banking

15/10/2012: The Guardian – Community finance: social loans for your social enterprise

08/10/2012: The Guardian – Fewer defaults and better returns from green energy and housing markets, CDFIs told

08/10/2012: Real Business – The unsung heroes of community finance

08/10/2012: Guardian Social Enterprise Network – Some CDFIs’ notion of APR is not healthy, says Big Society Capital chief

08/10/2012: Credit Today – Record investment for community lending projects

08/10/2012: Fresh Business Thinking – Record amounts invested in community lending projects

05/10/2012: The Guardian – High street banks urged to ‘step aside for CDFIs’

05/10/2012: The Guardian – ‘No one knows who you are’, Vince Cable tells CDFIs

05/10/2012: The Financial Times – Community lending hits new high

05/10/2012: Management Today – Vince Cable to pump £60m into SMEs

05/10/2012: SocialEnterpriseLive – UK community finance leader says it’s time to capitalise

05/10/2012: HR Magazine – BIS anounces £60m investment to create 8,000 regional jobs

05/10/2012: Nottingham Post – £60m help for small business

05/10/2012: Manchester Evening News – Co-operative Bank backs goverment’s £60m small-firms lending fund

05/10/2012: Staffordshire Sentinel – Owners of small businesses given loans boost

05/10/2012: Insider Media – Cable launches new £60m small business fund

05/10/2012: Third Sector – Community Development Finance Association gets £60m to lend to social enterprises

05/10/2012: – Community finance body gets RGF cash

05/10/2012: Financial News – UK Business Secretary announces £60m small business finance scheme

04/10/2012: The Guardian – Vince Cable – Another route for SMEs to access finance

04/10/2012: BusinessZone – Government backs new £60m fund for small firms in deprived communities

04/10/2012: Bdaily Business Network – Vince Cable pledges £60m fund to SMEs

04/10/2012: Social Enterprise Live – £60m fund for small and social enterprises will safeguard 8,000 jobs

04/10/2012: Fresh Business Thinking – £60 small business scheme launched through Regional Growth Fund

03/10/2012: The Business Desk – Cable to speak at Solihull conference on alternative funding

01/10/2012: The Guardian – Culture professionals network – discussion re CDFA and CDFI finance

25/09/2012: Third Sector – Transparent banking

09/09/2012: Financial Times – UK banks eye alternative lending for SMEs

22/07/2012: Social Enterprise Live – £80bn government scheme ‘a huge missed opportunity’ says ethical finance chief

14/07/2012: The Guardian – There is a better way for banking (refers to CDFI growth and CDFA’s Inside Community Finance report)

13/07/2012: BusinessZone – Dave lends where banks don’t – just like CDFIs

11/07/2012: BBC Newsnight ‘What are the options for reforming the banks’ – Newsnight’s Economics editor Paul Mason shows how community finance from CDFA member London Rebuilding Society helped a woman who worked for a bank but had been turned down for a home improvement loan

09/07/2012: Third Sector – CDFI loans grew by 35%

07/07/2012: Social Enterprise Live – Future ‘hangs in the balance’ for community finance providers despite 300% growth

26/06/2012: Third Sector magazine – CDFA’s Harry Glavan on Amendments to Financial Services Bill

25/06/2012: BBC Radio 4 You and Yours – interview with CDFA’s Sean Dennis

13/04/2012: The Portsmouth News: Forgotten cash could revitalise the area (featuring cdfa member Parity Trust)

29/03/2012: BBC Radio 4 – ‘The Bottom Line’ – CDFA former Chair Michele Giddens of Bridges Ventures on investing in deprived communities

28/03/2012: BusinessZone – the ultimate guide to raising finance for a social enterprise

25/03/2012: The Sunday Times (article behind paywall) – First, learn how to speak to a banker

21/03/2012: ResPublica Blogs – Microenterprises left in the cold

20/03/2012: BBC Radio 4 Today Programme – CDFA member Aston Reinvestment Trust are featured in this broadcast, approx 3 minutes in

12/03/2012: Third Sector magazine – interview with CDFA CEO, Ben Hughes

12/03/2012: City AM – Credit easing to boost reliance on big lenders

27/02/2012: Financial Times – FSB says Government must push alternative lenders

Feb 2012: Social Finance – JUST Finance coverage

10/02/2012: Voluntary News – JUST Finance coverage

09/02/2012: Transact – JUST Finance coverage

03/02/2012: New Start Magazine – Just Finance coverage

01/02/2012: Civil Society – JUST Finance coverage

31/01/2012: Social Enterprise Live – JUST Finance coverage

31/01/2012: Senscot – JUST Finance coverage

26/01/2012: Philanthropy UK – JUST Finance coverage

15/01/2012: The Sunday Times – Snubbed by the banks? The locals can help