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The Responsible Finance Podcast

May 23, 2024

Why did NatWest Group choose to work with community development finance institutions (CDFIs) as part of its cost-of-living support package?

What can be done to signpost CDFIs to bank customers who are financially vulnerable?

How do bank to CDFI referral processes work for businesses and social enterprises?

And why are...

Nov 1, 2023

Katalin Juhasz and Ollie Pollard join us today to show how impact alignment between investors and social enterprises makes a difference to communities and businesses – plus what traditional city institutions can learn from social investors.

Ollie is Head of Enterprise Growth Funds at Resonance, founded in 2002 with...

Sep 3, 2023

Low emissions zones became a political battleground just after recording this interview with Kate Barnard, founder and CEO of Enjoy The Air.

But what does the public think? Can we prove the impact of "hard or soft" interventions on air quality? And just how far are people prepared to go when it comes to action in...

Aug 3, 2023

A community banking agreement brokered by a disadvantaged community with a mainstream bank two decades ago offers valuable insights to address financial exclusion today.

Niall Alexander, a "community worker by trade" says the "groundswell" in addressing unfairness and financial exclusion is now reaching a peak. People...

Mar 31, 2023

Caz and Darron Burness already had a thriving business – doggy day care, pet-sitting, home boarding and other services – when they spotted an opportunity to purchase a kennels premises. It was the perfect fit.

But how to finance the acquisition? A £100,000 loan from BCRS Business Loans unlocked their ambition and...