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Hi. I have just registered as a sole trader and now realise that I should have set up a CIC.  What paperwork do I need to complete?  Thank you.

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Hi Tanya

Have a look at the step-by-step guidance on setting up a CIC at

If you have specific questions I'd be happy to help.

Best wishes


Thanks for the link James.  I'll have a look.

Thanks for the link James.  I'll have a look. But specifically do I need to form a CIC or convert my company to a CIC?

Hi Tanya

You said you'd registered as a sole trader. Was this with HMRC?

You can't "convert" a sole trader to a CIC, so you would need to form a CIC.

On the other hand, if you already have a company then you can convert this to a CIC.

Best wishes




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