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Fantastic carer

I am just posting this blog to ascertain whether any one out there (particularly West Midlands) runs an organisation that provides persoanl care and support for adults. I know a fantastic young woman who is very disallusioned with the organisation she is working for and wants to work with a forward thinking third sector organistion that really puts the client at the heart of its organiation. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Sue Gazey

Added by Sue Gazey on July 25, 2012 at 14:24 — 1 Comment

The 2012 CIC Annual Questionnaire

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Hi Everyone

Please take time to complete the 2012 CIC Annual Questionnaire, its vital we continue to build a clear picture of the great work we do and the collective challenges we face.

We made a great start with the 2011 survey, but this year we will be able to produce a wider report to complement the data from the…

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Added by John Mulkerrin on July 24, 2012 at 14:56 — No Comments

Setting up a limited by shares CIC.

Hi all,

I am in the process of completing my CIC application, and the necessary paperwork. I have a question concerning part 3 of the 'IN01' form regarding 'Statement of Capital'.



What is the best combination of quantity of shares, value of each share, class of shares, and does all of the share capital need to be paid?



Does the amount of share capital have any influence on future funding?



e.g.



1000 £1 shares, with 50% paid up giving…

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Added by Graham Willsher on July 19, 2012 at 15:38 — 3 Comments

Setting up a CIC

Hi,

I'm new to the association and am looking for advice on the relative merits of CIC for a musical group. Up till now we have been operating as a 'charitable orgisation' but we need the flexibilty of raising funds by performing for money. The company would still like to remain NPO but would like a more professional constitution.

Martin

Added by Martin Perman on July 12, 2012 at 10:40 — 2 Comments

Six Months Already - Where has it Gone?

Halfway through our first year already, where has the time gone?  Just thought you might like a brief update from Not so Sunny Trevisker St Eval in Cornwall.

We opened our doors during December 2011 with pots of paint and other building materials strewn from room to room.  We have tagetted the largest room for immediate community use as our previous communiuty centre had been closed on 8th December.  Scouts and Guides alike rallied round and did their bit to help with the transition. …

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Added by Terry Maguire on July 10, 2012 at 13:31 — 1 Comment

Do I keep intellectual property separate at this stage?

I have just came out of education to complete a PhD. I want to use the research to assist colleagues in schools. I am particularly interested in improving effectiveness in response to low level disruptive behaviour. My research tools are geared to enhancing teacher's professional development and they represent the core of my 'original contribution to knowledge'. As I have not submitted yet is it advisable for me to protect my intellectual property and licence it to the fledgling CIC or to…

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Added by Sean Warren on May 25, 2012 at 15:43 — 2 Comments

Help needed

We're looking for advice on completing an application to register a CIC.

Much of the work has been done but we need to talk to somebody in Hampshire

preferably near Portsmouth who can give us half a day to review what we've done

prior to submission. Offers please to ray.cobbett@s4sm.co.uk or phone

01243 389487. We are an environmental group focused on water resources.

Added by Chris Kneale on May 9, 2012 at 11:23 — No Comments

thePeoplesPower on Guardian Voluntary today

Hi all

thePeoplesPower CIC will be one of the expert panel on Guardian Voluntary live today between 1 - 3.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/voluntary-sector-network/community-action-blog/2012/may/03/community-buying-advice

The topic is Community buying - but we will try and put in a plug for CICs too!

Hope you have all signed up with…

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Added by Mike Shamash on May 8, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Britain's Got Talent - Helped raised the pofile of my CIC

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Added by Genny Jones on April 19, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Why CIC's need to compete now for Public Sector Contracts

February 2012 realised a landmark opportunity for CIC's the Public Services Act 2012 recieved Royal Ascent.

This provides clear direction for Public Sector bodies on how to make a community value count in the procurement and service contract decision making processes.

 

Charitable Businesses have enjoyed many privileges over the years through the community benefit structure of commissioned services however this was lost under the last administration in the way they…

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Added by Mark Trotter on April 19, 2012 at 10:12 — No Comments

VAT for Health and Care CIC's

 

Hi All

 

We are currently working with various CIC's in the Health and Care sectors, advising them on all matters relating to VAT.  If you are an existing CIC in one of these areas or are thinking of setting up then please feel free to contact us for advice.

 

Looking at the work we do with our existing clients it appears that there may be many areas where VAT is not being correctly treated.  This is resulting in a lack of compliance as well as a…

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Added by mike.williams@bbvat.co.uk on March 29, 2012 at 16:11 — No Comments

PALMS NORTHWEST

HI EVERYONE JUST THOUGHT I WOULD LET YOU KNOW ABOUT PALMS NORTHWEST

WE ARE A VERY YOUNG COMPANY WHO DEAL WITH YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE

OR ARE ON THE VERGE OF COMMITTING A CRIME.  OUR PROGRAMMES ARE MAINLY

ON GUN KNIFE AND GANGS. OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE ALL LIVED WITH THE TRAUMA OF LOSING A CHILD THROUGH VIOLENT CRIME I MYSELF LOST MY DAUGHTER 8 YRS AGO, WHEN SHE DIED IN A FRENZIED KNIFE ATTACK . WE DELIVER PROGRAMMES THROUGH VICTIM EMPATHY AS WE GO TO SCHOOLS, SECURE…

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Added by patricia brown on March 28, 2012 at 14:10 — No Comments

A Map from Notions to Outcomes

Financial & Social Austerity can make our road towards Service Excellence look impassable as Services strive to deliver as much as they can with reduced resources and grapple with increased Health, Wellbeing, and Social pressures - we need to make their journey easier.

Services need to be Accessible, considered ‘…

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Added by Steven J Burnell on March 5, 2012 at 18:42 — No Comments

Bates Wells and Braitwaite re-invent the wheel

Well almost. Social Enterprise Magazine reports today that there's potential for business with a social as well as financial return  They don't seem to know that it already exists,  which is surprising given the effort I made to describe it's impact for  the SE 100 index.  Here's…

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Added by Jeff Mowatt on January 19, 2012 at 12:12 — No Comments

Funding for CICs?

I've heard that funding for CICs is more difficult to attract than for charities (registered or otherwise). At a recent funding fair two stall holders would not touch CICs. As I'm thinking of turning an unregistered charity into a CIC, this weighs against a CIC. The alternative is to register the charity with the Charity Commission and then form a CIC to help support it. Comments welcome to help with a difficult decision.

Added by John Millar on January 16, 2012 at 17:33 — 1 Comment

Securing Public Contracts - CIC's are the future

Who can you trust?

Who really cares?

What difference can one company make?

 

The public spending deficit continues to concern people all over the world, soveriegn debt is now being passed on to our grandchildren, therefore our generation is in need of a simple solution and CIC's can provide the cornerstone of that solution.

As more and more services are placed in the private and third sectors the public have become aware that they are putting hard earned…

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Added by Mark Trotter on December 27, 2011 at 12:11 — 2 Comments

CIC – The New Nylon?

Interesting times eh? For me December is normally a time for hard reflection on progress made through the year and finalising targets for the next, whilst using the Christmas party season to boost my levels of cheer to compensate for the lack of sunshine. Not so this year, whilst the report on the years achievements and the plan for next years assault on the social economy is safely tucked away, the eggnog just hasn't been able to counter the chill blowing in from the wider economic crisis.…

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Added by John Mulkerrin on December 23, 2011 at 13:00 — No Comments

Mixin' it...

Attended the Poverty Alliance/ Euro Parliament conference in Edinburgh today: "What Future For Social Europe? Beyond the European Crisis" .
Thought provoking stuff, but clearly, no easy answers. Its good to get together at times like these, we all need to help shape whatever is going to arise when the dust settles.

Added by Rob Kay on November 21, 2011 at 23:47 — No Comments

Greetings!

Hi there!

 

I'm Dr Gyles Morrison, Chairman and CEO of Say It Loud CIC which encourages creativity as a means to combat youth crime

 

Since 2009 we have worked with almost 300 children, engaging them through music, utilising the violin and the African jembe drum. We have worked with Tower Hamlets and Islington Council, the City of London Police and numerous community centres and youth clubs across London.

 

We are a very small organisation, and I…

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Added by Dr Gyles Morrison on October 18, 2011 at 15:51 — No Comments

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Triangle Trust 1949 Fund (Urgent)

Deadline: 24/04/2014.

Fund type: Grant.

Max value: £ 120,000.

Funding for charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies in the UK that are working to support unpaid carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders.

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Deadline: 24/04/2014.

Fund type: Grant.

Max value: £ 500.

Grants are available for local community groups or parish councils either to part fund a larger project or for a small project that benefits the community.

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Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions are part of the Excellent Science pillar of the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The actions support cross-sector mobility of researchers to prepare them for current and future societal challenges. The aim is to ensure excellent and innovative research training and career and knowledge-exchange opportunities.

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