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Setting up a CIC

Guidance on how to set up a CIC especially where communities need to work together before they actually create the CIC e.g. collect funds commission work from advisors ahead of formation as some market testing or preparatory work

Members: 127
Latest Activity: Oct 19

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CIC community test 3 Replies

HelloI'm in the process of setting up a CIC, which will primarily be for the purpose of buying and using rural land parcels for the benefit of the community.However, the funding to get myself going…Continue

Started by Elaine Hall. Last reply by John Mulkerrin Jul 6.

Setting up a CIC children's Theatre Company 10 Replies

Hey guys Im new on here and are currently turning my sole trader idea of a Children's theatre company to a CIC limited by Guarentee with the intention of supporting children interested in performing…Continue

Tags: company, theatre, CIC

Started by Samantha Hough. Last reply by John Mulkerrin Apr 24.

Who Controls a CIC.. Board of Directors? 3 Replies

Hello Everyone :)I'd love to have some feedback and wisdom from anyone who can share on this topic. I am wondering, can the Board of Directors (via the Memorandum and Articles of Association)…Continue

Started by Bret Warshawsky. Last reply by James Macfarlane Apr 1.

Sweat equity / buying the biz on converting from sole trader to CIC 7 Replies

Hi folksThis is my first post. I'm extremely grateful for this resource and community. I've been spending many hours on this and I've hit a wall reactions and thoughts would be extremely helpful.I'm…Continue

Tags: CIC, business, purchase, shares, founder

Started by Martin Grimshaw. Last reply by Martin Grimshaw Feb 25.

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Comment by Rachel Gardiner-Hill on June 2, 2015 at 19:35

Thanks John that is helpful.

Comment by John Mulkerrin on June 2, 2015 at 18:35

Hi Rachel

It is normally only the Directors that are required to disclose as per most Articles of Association, your own document should confirm this if you have a look (just after conflicts of interest)

There is nothing to stop you extending it to volunteers etc, and it may be you have a reason that would make if best practice. If for eg you are a large membership CIC you could have members that are not Directors that may have a vested interest in the decisions you make, and that disclosure could make the world of difference.

You can make it a best practice principle even if it isnt a statutory requirement. But do you really need to?

Comment by Rachel Gardiner-Hill on June 2, 2015 at 17:48

We are actually already set up but I have a question about the Register of Interests, so far the Directors and our one(!) employee have completed this but does this Register need to extend to the subscribers/members of the CIC who are volunteers?

Comment by Iain Drew-Taylor on June 26, 2014 at 21:00

Goef Cox you are a genius:) I had gotten snowblind looking at other stuff and didn't spot the PLC thing. All sorted now, many thanks.

Comment by Geof Cox on June 22, 2014 at 21:53

Iain - do you really need to submit this form? - it's for public companies only (plcs or plcics)

Comment by Iain Drew-Taylor on June 22, 2014 at 18:00

Can anyone provide some guidance on what to put on an SH50 trading certificate application....cant find anything on companies house that make sense....Can't understand why either, as I am a civil servant that read this sort of tripe daily!


Iain Drew-Taylor

Cheshire Streetwise.

Comment by John Mulkerrin on April 28, 2014 at 12:02

Never had a bad word said about either Heidi or Robin and both are very well priced, as well as the professionals Geof has mentioned you could also look at BWB, Stephen Lloyd is fondly regarded as the 'father' of CICs

Comment by Geof Cox on April 26, 2014 at 15:54

Hi Ray - If you really need a lawyer, I've worked with the following members of the CIC Association, and they're great (though not necessarily cheap).  Simon now works in London but was based in the West Midlands until this year and I guess may still live there - he is among the most specialist social enterprise lawyers in the UK.

I must also invite Paul Bell to join the CIC Association, as I know he is also up to speed on CICs - he's just saved a CIC in Northern England a lot of time and trouble.

But do you really need a lawyer?  The likes of John Mulkerrin, and accountants you'll find in this network, like Heidi Harrris in Birmingham, can sort out most issues - or they 'know a man who can'!

Comment by Ray Green on April 26, 2014 at 14:53


I've just joined CIC Assn and would be grateful for some advice. (Thanks for info yesterday John). Even after John's advice we feel that we could do with some legal advice setting up a CIC. Does anyone know of a competetively priced solicitor that could help us? We're based in West Midlands but that doesn't necessarily say we're confined to help from that area. Many thanks.

Comment by Mark Nichols on March 8, 2014 at 12:52

Hi Angie,

Could you help me out too?  Would like to get my CIC registered so I can move it forward.

Many thanks



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From Funding Central

Leisure Development Fund (Urgent)

Deadline: 01/12/2015.

Fund type: Grant.

Max value: £ 5,000.

The Leisure Development Fund gives financial support for groups to provide and develop projects that benefit the people of West Dorset.

Grow Wild Community Project Funding (Urgent)

Deadline: 01/12/2015.

Fund type: Grant.

Max value: £ 4,000.

Funding is available for local organisations across the UK to develop places where local people use UK native plants to create a space for everyone to enjoy by giving neglected and uncared-for sites and spaces a new lease of life.

BBC Children in Need - Small Grants Programme (Urgent)

Deadline: 01/12/2015.

Fund type: Grant.

Max value: £ 10,000.

Grants for not-for-profit organisations that are working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and younger living in the UK.


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