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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

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Potential regeneration CIC 4 Replies

I'm currently at the hypothethical / musing / doodle on a page stage. There is a theatre (a listed building) which has been on the market for the last few years in a socio-economically disadvantaged…Continue

Started by Marie Earley. Last reply by James Macfarlane 21 hours ago.

Choosing an asset lock CIC for Articles of Association 6 Replies

HiI am in the process of establishing a new CIC. We are a theatre company in North Wales. I would like to know what criteria we should look at for choosing a CIC to nominate in the asset lock section…Continue

Started by David Alexander. Last reply by David Alexander Apr 27.

Guarantee or Shares for retaining CIC vision ? 3 Replies

Hi, I am in the early stages of looking into the feasibility of setting up a community wellbeing centre. The area of focus will be  to provide natural therapy, mostly helping people with addictions,…Continue

Started by Jeff Morton. Last reply by Jeff Morton Apr 26.

Insurance 5 Replies

What insurance do we need as a c.i.c?? We do most of our work via the facebook group as we have always done, we have always done meet ups with members, do I now need insurance to cover this in case…Continue

Started by Nicola Booth. Last reply by Nicola Booth Apr 4.

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Comment by Lee Robinson on December 11, 2015 at 14:21

hello Everyone

i have an director who is whiting to do a apprenticeship and i am just trying to find out if i need to take her of the bored or not  

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!

Regards,

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

http://cicassoc.ning.com/profile/HeidiHarris

http://cicassoc.ning.com/profile/RobinPhillips

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.

http://cicassoc.ning.com/profie/ChrisBilllington

http://cicassoc.ning.com/profile/IanSnaith

http://cicassoc.ning.com/profile/SimonLee

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

HI

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.

 

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