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Avoid loan sharks and find the ethical alternatives

Payday lenders may be shrinking, but there is no need to turn to illegal lenders. With 94% of people introduced to a loan shark by friends or family, a new campaign introduces safe, affordable lenders

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Top of the finance chart for Let’s Do Business Group

according to the NatWest Social Enterprise 100 Index.
In addition to topping the Index within the finance sector, the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) feature third across the South East region and fourth overall out of more than 800 social enterprises.

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Finance For Enterprise celebrates 30 years of business support

CDFA member Finance For Enterprise (originally Donbac) has been supporting the start-up and growth of SMEs since 1985, as one of the first enterprise agencies and business loan funds in the Yorkshire region.

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Supporting Eden businesses

29.06.2015 CDFA member Enterprise Answers has teamed up with Eden District Council to support small businesses in the area in need of loan finance. This great partnership is reaching  the small business owners that are vital for the local economy, and that can’t get the finance they need elsewhere.   This film explains more about […]

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Scotcash wins Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award 2015

22.06.2015 Congratulations to CDFA member Scotcash, which has been announced as the winner of the Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award 2015. Designed to recognise institutions that are committed to fostering financial inclusion and access to the mainstream financial sector for disadvantaged people, the award was presented at the 12th European Microfinance Network (EMN) […]

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My Community

19.06.2015 What would make your community a better place: a vibrant high street, more jobs, improved services, green spaces and a thriving local pub? The government introduced the Community Rights (Localism Act 2011) including neighbourhood planning laws and the Community Right to Bid giving you more of a say in your local area, and there […]

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Improving the financial health of the nation: ideas for the next Parliament

The United Kingdom leads the world in financial services and yet more than two million adult Britons don’t have a bank account. In the autumn of 2014, the Financial Inclusion Commission came together to find out why, and to put the issue on the political agenda ahead of the General Election. Chris Pond explains what the Commission is calling for from the next government.

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What’s the value of community finance?

The CDFA is just about to launch a new tool, providing a dynamic framework for CDFIs to comprehensively, consistently and clearly report on their social impact. By mapping the value of community finance to all its stakeholders, we can build a stron g compelling case for future investment and support – vital for the sector’s future success.

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New government = new horizons?

Ben Hughes reflects on the forthcoming election and its implications for our industry. With the three main national parties having an evident commitment to at least some aspects of the work of CDFIs, can we look forward to a time of new hope and opportunity?

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