A special invite to CIC Association members
Find out more about signing up http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sec-manifesto/
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on March 22, 2010 at 20:00 —
dear all - sadly my main website is unwell. Continue
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 - http://thirdsectorexpert.blogspot.com, follow my tweets at…
Added by Adrian Ashton on March 21, 2010 at 21:10 —
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 —
We now have a blog called LEICESTERPRISE
Added by Trevor Locke on March 1, 2010 at 16:12 —
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. Continue
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on February 18, 2010 at 19:18 —
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
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on February 15, 2010 at 18:09 —
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has recently launched an online procurement course, … Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on February 10, 2010 at 17:00 —
most taboo subject about #socent? the fetizisation of 'scaling up' - http://bit.ly/9EvGhi
Added by Adrian Ashton on February 3, 2010 at 12:18 —
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 —
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 —
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.
Added by John Mulkerrin on January 21, 2010 at 15:00 —
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 —