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the secret truth about business plans?

As an enterprise/business advisor (a graduate of 2 university degrees in business, a member of various professional bodies, and published by peer review on business support), I've had a lot of time to think about business plans.

And there's a lot of stuff about them out there: courses, books, templates, on-line tools and programmes, consultants offering to write yours for you...

However, there always seems to be an underlying assumption that whenever you start to talk… Continue

Added by Adrian Ashton on January 27, 2010 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

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.


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

Powerpoint for CIC Start 2010 Event

Here's my powerpoint from CIC Start 2010, which covers the main themes and objectives. Some real progress has been made and I will be putting out some copy on the back of the event shortly.

CIC_Start 2010Jan10.ppt



Added by John Mulkerrin on January 21, 2010 at 15:00 — 6 Comments

CIOs - Charitable Incorporated Organisations

If anyone is interested in looking at CIOs, I have just produced a briefing on these. I think CIOs could be a very effective tool for CICs to use if they wish to set up a charitable arm to their activities, as well as reducing the regulatory burdens for existing charitable companies. There is also the potential to convert from a CIC to a CIO which is useful in a range of scenarios, including to benefit from tax exemptions as a charity. The briefing can be found by… Continue

Added by Heidi Fisher on January 13, 2010 at 21:03 — 7 Comments

Writing a social statement

Does anyone have any thoughts on writing a social statement

Added by SUE ELLIS on January 10, 2010 at 16:38 — 6 Comments

What is a social enterprise

I am writing a paper called "What is a social enterprise?". This paper forms part of a survey we plan to carry out of social enterprises in our local area of Leicester, Leicestershhire and Rutland. Copies of this paper are available on request to anyone who would comment back to me on it. We are also members of SEEM -Social Enterprise in the East Midlands.

This paper has now been published on my own blog

Added by Trevor Locke on January 8, 2010 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

Caps set at 20% (shares) and 10% (performance loans)

Here's the link to the Regulators full response

Please put your thoughts on record here, from an initial reading I have to say this looks quite balanced and positive.

The concern regarding it causing a detrimental effect to any grant funding has been noted so hopefully we'll get some centralised work done on that, the… Continue

Added by John Mulkerrin on January 5, 2010 at 21:51 — 13 Comments

if we don't start to value our own people more, social enterprise will be lost...

The recently published national Careers and Salary Survey 2009/10 (regeneration & renewal 09/21/09) makes for sobering reading for the social enterprise sector:

1) future career opportunities and prospects in social enterprise are felt to be more affected and limited by changes to funding regimes than in the private and public sector;

2) social enterprise (while it may 'punch above its weight') apparently pays its people less than is fair - typical sector salaries see… Continue

Added by Adrian Ashton on January 4, 2010 at 20:24 — No Comments

December issue of our newsletter

Dear colleagues

Please view our newsletter by clicking the link below. It outlines the work we do in Oxford. We have also developed a series of OCN accredited courses available for like-minded projects nationally.

If anyone would like to find out more about our work with 'NEETS', students of African Caribbean heritage, women, fathers and young men, local unemployed residents and volunteers, community development work or engaging parents with secondary school aged children,… Continue

Added by Sue Funge on December 10, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Golf Clubs

Anyone have knowledge of any golf clubs that have converted to cic?
Am looking at various options for our local club which is struggling to manage itself with an outdated structure that doesn't work very well.

Added by I.D.Dolan-Betney on December 8, 2009 at 23:19 — 2 Comments

Help with setting up our new CIC - please!!!

Hi Everyone - I am a very new member!! And I already need help. We have had our first meeting today about setting up a Bollywood dance CIC with a view to raising money for local initiatives. I am already a business owner, but it's a nursery school and so my experience is really quite different. I need to know if anyone can tell me of a good insurance company that would be able to cover us for public liability etc., and if anyone knows anything about Health and Safety policies that would be apt… Continue

Added by Gemma Cockrell on December 1, 2009 at 20:35 — 3 Comments

My Blog

For my latest blog entry please go here.

Added by Geof Cox on November 30, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

social Enterprise mark a double audit fee for CIC

Hi john

I have to agree with you and everyone else that we should not have to pay extra fees just to line someone elses pocket.
Sara Burgess should be fighting this in our corner.

What has Sara said about it ????

Kevin Bell
Bestdeal4baby CIC

Added by Kevin Bell on November 24, 2009 at 20:58 — No 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…


Added by John Mulkerrin on November 24, 2009 at 19:00 — 41 Comments

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

CIC Association Facebook Group

Hi Everyone

Facebook - CIC Association Group

Due to a slight miscommunication and a lot of enthusiasm, we've just sent an invite to a second CIC Facebook group. To help us keep everything in order please join the group we'll be using on an ongoing basis here.


Added by John Mulkerrin on November 14, 2009 at 15:00 — 1 Comment


Dear CIC Association members

It is with a certain degree of trepidation that I write this email on behalf of John Mulkerrin and myself.

Since we met in May 2008 John and I have committed ourselves to the furtherance of the CIC legislation and community. We are both believers in what CIC stands for and have been spurred on at every juncture by the amazing people we have met along the way who have shared our passion.


CICs and the legislation we are… Continue

Added by Tom Barnett on November 4, 2009 at 15:11 — 9 Comments

when is social enterprise like a toilet?

...when Social Enterprise Day (nov 19) co-incides with World Toilet Day!

(insert your own punchlines)

Added by Adrian Ashton on November 2, 2009 at 17:55 — No Comments

Social Investment Almanack 2009

Social Investment Almanack 2009 has just been published and is available as a free view or download here

Added by Bob Northey on October 30, 2009 at 10:42 — No Comments

Good Deals 09 Twitter Report

Good Deals 09 Twitter Report available here - you never know even non-twitterers might be curious!

Added by Bob Northey on October 30, 2009 at 10:40 — No Comments

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