Training to improve charity fundraising skills

Training to improve charity fundraising skills

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a training programme to help small local charities improve their fundraising skills. The training will include workshops, online courses and support from volunteers. It will cover a range of topics including how to design a fundraising strategy, fundraising from trusts and foundations, and how to run a crowdfunding campaign. The programme is open to local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million. The training will take place in December 2016 and charities can register now.

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Training to improve charity fundraising skills

Training to improve charity fundraising skills

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has launched a training programme to help small local charities improve their fundraising skills. The training will include workshops, online courses and support from volunteers. It will cover a range of topics including how to design a fundraising strategy, fundraising from trusts and foundations, and how to run a crowdfunding campaign. The programme is open to local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million. The training will take place in December 2016 and charities can register now.

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Small firms failing to report fraud

Small firms failing to report fraud

Small and medium-sized business owners fail to report more than £260 million worth of fraudulent activity every year, according to research by law firm Slater Gordon. The research has revealed that 18% of firms which are victims of fraud do not report it to the relevant authorities. Of those who do not report fraudulent activity, 64% said they do not report incidents due to fear of reputational damage to their firm. Overall, 16% of small and medium-sized firms have been victims of fraud in the past 12 months and were targeted by fraudsters an average of three times per year.

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Inquiry into changing nature of work

Inquiry into changing nature of work

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the future world of work and the rights of workers. Submissions will be accepted until 19 December 2016. Specific issues to be addressed include whether the term ‘worker’ is sufficiently defined by law, how agency workers, casual workers and the self-employed should be treated for the purposes of tax, benefits and employment law, and what help should be offered to people intending to become self-employed.

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£4 million fund to support social investment

£4 million fund to support social investment

A new £4 million fund to support charities and social enterprises to prepare for social investment has been announced by Access – the Foundation for Social Investment. The Reach Fund will provide grants of up to £15,000 to help organisations access the support they need to become investment ready. Charities and social enterprises applying to the fund must have been referred by an approved social investor who is willing to make an investment in the organisation once it becomes investment ready. Once a charity or social enterprise is referred to the fund, it will receive support to develop an investment readiness plan.

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Small firms struggle with cost of NLW

Small firms struggle with cost of NLW

Almost 100,000 small firms are in a state of financial distress following the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), according to research by Begbies Traynor. The research has found that the number of small firms in financial difficulties has increased by 18,000 in the six months since the NLW was introduced, with small firms in particular struggling to absorb higher wage costs. Firms in the retail, wholesale and logistics sectors are the most likely to report financial distress as a result of the introduction of the NLW.

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Toolkit to support university and business collaboration

Toolkit to support university and business collaboration

The Intellectual Property Office has produced a new toolkit to support universities and business to undertake collaborative research projects together. The Lambert Toolkit will help facilitate negotiations between universities and potential industry partners, reduce the time, money and effort required to secure a research agreement, and provide examples of best practice. The toolkit includes a range of guidance, model research collaboration agreements and consortium agreements to support innovation and encourage greater collaboration.

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CMA investigating digital comparison websites

CMA investigating digital comparison websites

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market study into digital comparison tools, for example price comparison websites such as Gocompare, uSwitch and MoneySuperMarket. The study will examine whether they work effectively for consumers, firms and the economy. In particular, it will investigate consumers’ expectations and experience of comparison tools, the impact they have on competition between suppliers, whether comparison tools compete effectively with each other, and the effectiveness of current consumer protection regulations. The deadline for responding to the study is 24 October 2016.

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UK firms investing more in intangible assets

UK firms investing more in intangible assets

UK firms invested 9% more in intangible assets in 2014 than in traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ assets, research from the Intellectual Property Office has revealed. The total amount spent on intangible assets during the year, including spend on research and development, was £133 billion. The proportion of UK firms’ intangible assets covered by intellectual property rights increased from 50% in 2011 to 53% in 2014.

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New grants and programme services framework

New grants and programme services framework

The Crown Commercial Service has published a new framework for the supply of grants and programme services to UK public sector organisations. Services covered by the Grants and Programme Services framework include grant and programme design, assessment of applications, programme evaluation and distribution of grant monies. The framework enables UK public sector organisations to search for approved suppliers to assist in the administration and delivery of grants and programmes.

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