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Peoples Millions finalist!

Fantastic news! - Horses Helping People CIC in Buckinghamshire have won through to the final round of ITV's The People's Millions, where worthy projects compete for public votes to win a cash donation of £50,000 from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.

Our therapeutic horsemanship centre is hoping to secure the money to fund the 'Neigh Team' project, where volunteers from the veteran and homeless communities will come to Sunrise Farm through 2014 to build a mile long sensory nature…

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Added by Debbie La-Haye on October 31, 2013 at 23:18 — 4 Comments

CIC's are winning Public Sector Contracts

Over the last few months I have worked with a couple of CIC's who are now either safely competing on frameworks with local councils or receiving requests for quotes linked to local public sector services.

 

We have been able to use three key features of legislation to best advantage:

1.  Localism Act - a great tool for specifying benefit to the economy and the supplychain.

2.  Public Services 2012 - this has been an excellent mechanism for preventing LA's from…

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Added by Mark Trotter on July 8, 2013 at 18:33 — 3 Comments

Social Enterprise Mark - A double audit fee for CICs?

Update Feb 10 2011- With the recent increase in the Social Enterprise Mark fee to £350 a year from £99, a number of members have moaned to me that we still havent made any progress on the points made in this original post.

 

1. What shall we do, if anything?  They dont want to address our concerns and the criteria still split CICs, Co-ops and Charities..some can, some cant. 

 

2. Is 372 members a good return for £1million of taxpayers money? Thats…

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Added by John Mulkerrin on November 24, 2009 at 19:00 — 42 Comments

New! Google Map of Social Enterprise Mark holders

Hello CIC members

You may wish to review the new map and let me know your ideas for development. http://tinyurl.com/semapblog

What about a Google Map for CICs?

Regards, Bob
Social Traders

Added by Bob Northey on April 1, 2010 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

greatest challenge facing social enterprise

provoking paper suggesting that all social enterprises share the same 'greatest challenge' - http://bit.ly/bUJuj1 (opens as pdf doc)

Added by Adrian Ashton on September 17, 2010 at 15:05 — 1 Comment

Rate relief difficulties for a CIC

As a Trustee for the Light of Hope CIC (www.lightofhope.co.uk) I would like to ask if any other CIC has been given rate relief from their local council? We have just been refused both mandatory and discretionary relief from Trafford council, and yet our premises in Hebden Bridge has always received 100% rate relief from Calderdale.

Has anyone any advice/strategies for overcoming this problem please? All help gratefully received!

Added by Alison Sargent on February 21, 2010 at 14:48 — 14 Comments

EIS for CICs

My slides on the Enterprise Investment Scheme for Community Interest Companies are now available here: EIS for CICs.pdf.

If you have any questions, do get in touch.

Alastair

Added by Alastair Irvine on January 22, 2010 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

CICs are Androgynous - First interesting trend from the survey

The first trends are starting to emerge from the data we're collecting via our first survey, one of the most intriguing is the lack of a gender gap within CIC. This balance in gender feeds into an interesting discussion started by Rodney Schwarz at Clearly so (link below)



If you havent already done so, please complete the online survey at CIC Baseline Mapping Questionnaire and ask all the CIC practitioners you know to, the… Continue

Added by John Mulkerrin on November 18, 2009 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

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