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CDFA welcomes Government support for a sustainable future for CDFIs

The British Business Bank has today announced that it is commissioning new, independent research to facilitate a report on the sustainability of the CDFI sector. The report will be published in June.

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CDFI Graduate Internship Programme 2015 launches.

The CDFA, alongside BCRS Business Loans, Financing Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland, launched its first Internship Programme – with successful interns due to start in autumn 2015.

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Join us for the community finance event of the year

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Green, gourmet and graveyard businesses announced as finalists for Microentrepreneur of the Year Award

A renewable energy firm, a luxury chocolate shop and an innovative management system for graveyards are among the businesses announced as finalists for this year’s UK Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards. The national awards scheme celebrates innovative and growing businesses that have taken off with the help of alternative finance from community lenders (known as CDFIs).

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Alternative lenders inject half a billion pounds into UK economy

Community-focused alternative lenders have contributed over half a billion pounds to UK GDP, according to new research from the CDFA, released today. The lenders have responded to increased demand for non-bank finance, and in the process helped to create 11,500 new businesses, supported over 20,000 jobs and aided 42,000 people avoid high-cost credit.

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European Microfinance Good Practice Award opens for entries

The Giordano Dell’Amore Microfinance Good Practices Europe Award aims to increase the understanding of the importance of microfinance as a tool to fight poverty and social exclusion in Europe, to encourage European microfinance practitioners to share good and transferable practices in the field of microfinance and to promote and spread these good practices to other microfinance agencies in Europe.

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CDFI customers announced as regional winners in the Big Start Up Loans Competition 2014

Half of the regional winners announced at the Big Start Up Loans Competition 2014 were supported by CDFIs, Some great businesses have been supported and big congratulations to them all!

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CDFI customers announced as semi-finalists for the Big Start Up Loans Competition

The Start Up Loans Company launched an exciting competition earlier this year to find Start Up Loans recipients with amazing and inspiring stories. We are delighted to announce that six loan recipients from the CDFA Start Up Loans consortium have been selected as semi finalists. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and our members who have supported them. They were selected from over 500 applicants.

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Measuring impact

  The CDFA has developed an Economic Impact Tool. It enables community finance providers to calculate the value of the economic and social impacts of their activities. Community finance delivers innovative financial products for businesses, social enterprises, individuals and households unable to access finance from mainstream providers. The CDFA and its membership are strongly committed […]

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Making things better: bringing equality to financial services

Ben Hughes on how we can bring equity to the provision of financial services in the UK

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