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Bank referral legislation is welcome news for SMEs

The CDFA welcomes George Osborne’s announcement that the Government will introduce legislation that will require banks to refer decline customers to alternative providers. The proposed new rules mean that high street banks will have to offer to connect SMEs that they decline for loans to alternative sources of finance.

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40 CDFIs join funding portal for alternative SME finance

Forty CDFIs (community development finance institutions) responsible for funding over 10,000 small businesses rejected for bank finance last year, have joined with the rapidly-expanding finance portal alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk –to support SMEs requiring non-bank funding solutions.

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CDFA maps out how affordable credit can be available to all

Affordable credit should be accessible to everyone in every community across the UK, and the CDFA has set out how this vision should be realised. In its Just Finance report, published today, the CDFA maps the six steps that are needed to ensure we all have this basic right – of access to fair finance.

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A business kick start for social housing tenants

The CDFA and HACT are teaming up to bring finance and support to social housing tenants who want to start up in business. Callum Anderson of the CDFA explains how

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BOOST Neighbourhood Finance

Sarah Osborn explains why SWIG Finance are teaming up with local partners to pilot a new way of delivering finance and support in Bristol.

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New community banking solution launched in Bristol

Work is underway to set up and test a simple and practical community finance partnership to deliver wide-ranging finance and support services in Bristol. The pilot project is being led by the South West Investment Group (SWIG), a community development finance institution (CDFI) that will partner with other services to present a viable and integrated alternative solution to fragmented mainstream finance and support services.

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Better financial services = Just Finance

Ben Hughes discusses why we need better financial services, the CDFA’s vision for Just Finance for all and how we plan to achieve it.

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The Big Potential of Social Investment

Azlina Bulmer of Charity Bank explains why social sector organisations need support to understand and prepare for social investment, and how the Big Potential programme will do this.

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Getting to scale: lessons from the US

Bob Annibale, Citi Global Director of Community Development and Inclusive Finance, considers how the innovative UK CDFI sector could learn four key lessons from the US experience in order to achieve greater scale and impact.

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Creating more jobs than ever before

The impact of CDFIs has grown massively in recent years. The jobs created and saved thanks to CDFIs have more than doubled in just one year.

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