Three leading professional firms in Birmingham have given Midland charities and fundraising groups vital information on how to survive the economic downturn.
Yorkshire Bank teamed up with the UK200 Group – a network of accountants and solicitors – to hold the sessions at Villa Park which were attended by around 60 different groups.
Gavin Friend and Nick Parsons from National Australia Bank Group, parent company of Yorkshire Bank, gave presentations along with Andy Morris, a partner at accountants Dains, and Keith Dudley, a partner at leading law firm Martineau.
Mike Kelly, senior partner at Yorkshire Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Temple Row, Birmingham, said: “The seminars were designed to give charities and fundraisers in the Midlands an overall picture of the best way to run their organisation or fundraising activity from a financial, legal and accountancy point of view.
“Gavin and Nick gave an overview of the economy, key points of the budget and how the changes will affect charities moving forward along with the challenges they will face.
“Andy talked about the core principles of Public Benefit Guidance and Keith highlighted the changing times and structures for the future.
“These seminars had already been held in Glasgow and Leeds and the people who attended were appreciative of the advice that was given by experts in their fields to help them survive in the recession.
“Everyone there from the charitable sector shared their experiences and the collaborative approach worked really well.”