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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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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.

WE'RE OFF.. 2 Replies

We received our Certificate of Incorporation today - so we're off!  It's great to know that we can tap into your knowledge base.  Looking forward to working with you all.RachelHorsham & Crawley…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner-Hill. Last reply by Mark Nichols Feb 23.

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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


Comment by stephen boyd-smith on February 27, 2014 at 15:07

hi angie that would be a great help.

Comment by Angie Beal on February 26, 2014 at 13:35
I Initially set up as a sole director and if you let me have your email address I'd be more than willing to forward copies of our paperwork as you can see how we worded it. It may help! I was a sole director with a management board for 18 months but have just recently added 2 new directors. My email is
Best wishes
Comment by stephen boyd-smith on February 26, 2014 at 13:16

hi there, iam currently setting up a cic ltd by guarantee..

iam struggling with my governance structures..

part of the business supports/provides local diversionary programs of which the different entities wish to be part of our steering group but not directors. as their own positions do not allow this.

can i register as a sole director initially with a view to adding further

positions as things develop.

if so how is this to be legally structured in the cic 36 etc..

also how do i word the governance element.. ie trustee's/ board/council or such.

some of the steering group will local authorities so the position will not be a physical body but a representative of.

any help or guidance would be much appreciated.

thanks steve


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