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the danger of being too successful in achieving your social purposes...

a charity made front page news by closing after receiving £100,000 from the Home Office because it's been "too successful" in reducing crime and so its services are no longer needed.

Well done to them - rather than try and continue a service that no one wants/needs, or to re-invent themselves with new services (which would undoubtedly have moved in into areas different to those that originally attracted its staff, volunteers, trustees and other supporters to it), they've decided to…


Added by Adrian Ashton on April 23, 2010 at 10:30 — No Comments

A question regarding setting up a CIC before you have a CIC registered

In short I am involved in buying a village shop as a community, we are going to create a community interest company to do this but there are some challenges about how we operate ahead of the formation of CIC, these are as follows

  1. We do not want to set up company until we are sure we will buy the shop so as to avoid asset lock of communities members cash so the solicitor is going to hold the funds. The other reason to avoid forming the CIC until we are certain it…

Added by David E Alexander on April 21, 2010 at 13:10 — 3 Comments

CIC - The new Mutualism?

Here's an extract from the recent labour manifesto, what do we think?

The new mutualism

There is growing interest in co-operative and mutual organisations that people trust, and that have the capacity to unleash creativity and innovation, creating new jobs and services –…


Added by John Mulkerrin on April 13, 2010 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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.

What about a Google Map for CICs?

Regards, Bob
Social Traders

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

Sign up to the online petition of support for the Social Enterprise Coalition Manifesto 2010 charter

A special invite to CIC Association members

Find out more about signing up

and feel free to forward the link to your network of contacts within the social enterprise sector.

Many thanks. Bob

Added by Bob Northey on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 — No Comments

Counting Social Enterprises

Catch my latest blog here if you want to know how many social enterprises there are in the UK. Bob

Added by Bob Northey on March 31, 2010 at 18:18 — No Comments

Quotes4Charity CIC and Co-operative Financial Services offer exciting new fundraising opportunity


Hi Everyone

If your favourite charity is looking for new ways to raise income, please feel free to let them know about us. This is the first time this type of affinity partnership is being offered and is a free and easy way to add another string to the fundraising bow.

Would love your feedback…


Added by John Mulkerrin on March 22, 2010 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Adrian Ashton's website is currently 'unwell'...

dear all - sadly my main website is unwell.

Hopefully back up before too long, but until then thanks for your patience if you're trying to access copies of any of my published articles, cheesy pics or links...

in the meantime you can still see my blog -, follow my tweets at…


Added by Adrian Ashton on March 21, 2010 at 21:10 — 1 Comment

franchising social enterprise - replicating the 'magic dust' and the hidden danger within?

I’ve been involved in the replication of social enterprises and co-operatives since 1998: as a member of a worker co-op that was licensed from another successful original worker co-op (which led to my being asked by some to comment on the failure of the Whole food Planet franchise that was based loosely on it earlier this year); as a manager of one of the regions of the ill-fated Aspire: the first attempt at creating a formal franchised social enterprise in every region of the country;… Continue

Added by Adrian Ashton on March 7, 2010 at 21:31 — 4 Comments

Social Enterprise in Leicester/shire

We now have a blog called LEICESTERPRISE

Added by Trevor Locke on March 1, 2010 at 16:12 — 1 Comment

if you could have your time again... life lessons for social entrepreneurs

There’s a regular feature in a private business management magazine that asks prominent business leaders each issue if, with hindsight, they’d have done anything differently if they had their time again.

Recently, at a networking event organised by Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber and Unltd, I had the opportunity to ask a panel of prominent and successful social entrepreneurs what they, if they had their time again, and with the benefit of hindsight, might do differently.…


Added by Adrian Ashton on February 28, 2010 at 16:19 — No Comments

Directors & Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Liability Insurance (D&O) is designed to indemnify directors and officers from claims against them personally for failing in their duties.

Management and Officials of Community Interest Companies would be sensible to consider this insurance as it can protect claims against them as individuals. Under the 2006 Companies Act, directors and officers are exposed to over 200 areas of statutory liability.

Claims could be made by…


Added by Stewart Glazzard (Insurance) on February 25, 2010 at 23:29 — No Comments

Rate relief difficulties for a CIC

As a Trustee for the Light of Hope CIC ( 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

Introducing ourselves


We are Clair & Scott of EarthCraftuk Ltd. Having trading for just under a year, we recognise that we are indeed a CIC and having spoken to the Regulator`s office, will be transferring from a Ltd company to a CIC this week.

We run educational long term Forest Schools programmes for hard to reach and hard to engage young people (13-17) in our wonderful ancient woodland location near Canterbury. We are also developing a Social Forestry programme too.

In our… Continue

Added by Clair Teresa Hobson on February 20, 2010 at 10:58 — No Comments

CICs can help in situations like debt-ridden Hinchingbrooke Hospital, due to be run by a private company

Could the CIC asset lock help reduce the fear of privatisation in these types of circumstance? this is likely to be the first of a number of funding strains within the NHS, and it's probably going to be be a growing concern

The ability to raise capital in the marketplace is undoubtedly an advantage for private companies at the moment, but we could raise bonds against the NHS contracts to make it work. The asset lock also allows some assets to be transferred and protected, if…


Added by John Mulkerrin on February 18, 2010 at 19:18 — No Comments

Would the CIC be of benefit in creating a children's home?

Here's the background.

The advocacy we've been engaged in as a 'social business' in Ukraine is at risk.

We aim to launch a family type home for children who have been in state care.

The Abandoned Children of Ukraine on Facebook

We have failed to attract funding or new business in the UK and been… Continue

Added by Jeff Mowatt on February 17, 2010 at 19:48 — 2 Comments

Converting to CIC from LTD

I am in the process of converting to CIC from Ltd, I have the form CIC 37, is there anywhere I can view samples of the statement which needs to go in?

Added by Active4Life on February 16, 2010 at 15:10 — No Comments

does your legal form make you a social enterprise?

The current launch of the national social enterprise mark has brought to the fore once again the issue of how we identify and recognise social enterprise.

Many argue that in order to be a 'true' social enterprise, your organisation must exhibit specific characteristics and that these must be present in one of a number of limited legal forms (limited in number and choice, that is) - asset locks, accountability to more than just investors, controls on how profits and used and…


Added by Adrian Ashton on February 15, 2010 at 18:09 — 7 Comments

Free Online Public Procurement course to help smaller firms bid compete for £220 billion of public sector contracts awarded annually

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has recently launched an online procurement course, …


Added by John Mulkerrin on February 10, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

the most taboo social enterprise issue?

most taboo subject about #socent? the fetizisation of 'scaling up' -

Added by Adrian Ashton on February 3, 2010 at 12:18 — No Comments

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