About a year ago, I argued the pressing and urgent need for social enterprises to value their people more or risk losing them. Continue
Sadly the latest national salary and careers survey seems to suggest that these warnings have fallen on deaf…
Added by Adrian Ashton on November 24, 2010 at 12:40 —
We Relyaison CIC are developing a software solution for Charity, CIC (Community interest companies) and other social groups. which is developed by a Microsoft certified software company. Continue
This software contain project management, Member ship management with member ship payment , Communication manager and billing and accounts. In overall its an all in one solution for your administration, fund raising,…
Added by Uthayashankar Vijayaratnam on November 15, 2010 at 10:00 —
Added by John Mulkerrin on November 11, 2010 at 14:30 —
I am all for receiving grants, however, I prefer to make money by enterprise.
Our organisation helps people at home and in business to save money on their utility bills and by doing so, we receive an ongoing residual income for our cause. (average family savings £817 a year, businesses can save 45% on their current costs)
The company that provides this is an award winning plc company, that has received 9 recommendations through Which magazine for its utilities… Continue
Added by Irene Yvonne Lindsay on November 8, 2010 at 13:06 —
There's a private members Bill going through Parliament and it has a second reading on Nov 19th, it needs 100 MPs to vote for it and it will probably have an effect on your CIC in one way or another, so please support it if you can.
Added by John Mulkerrin on November 5, 2010 at 13:06 —
As more and more members join this association it is clear there's a willingness to get involved with community activities. Makes me wonder if everyone is getting involved with this government initiative?
As a community radio station we are keen. It seems like a good idea. How do we join in? The Big Society web site, http://thebigsociety.co.uk/
seems to be making progress, and if you live in Windsor & Maidenhead (strange choice) you will… Continue
Added by Trevor Lockwood on November 2, 2010 at 16:34 —
Just a small point. In Scotland it might be useful to distinguish the locations/regions of CICs by two choices. The first would be Highlands & Islands and the second would be Scotland other. This would reflect the national enterprise development agency set up in Scotland (there are two bodies; HIE and SE) which might be useful in determining policy and practical support or potential support in the future
Added by Declan Jones on November 2, 2010 at 10:14 —
It seems pretty comprehensive to me...........but all the beneficiary areas mentioned are UK centric. I'm not sure if there are any other CIC besides us whose prime beneficiaries are in the developing world....but given that the DFID minister recently gave a speech putting increasing empahasis on supporting the role of business in development, it may be that over time more CIC's may move into this space
Majority World CIC
Added by Dr Colin Hastings on November 1, 2010 at 18:49 —
A very important aspect of Community Interest Company is to build Social Capital.
How are Coalition Governments announcements and policies helping/hindering innovation in this area?
In what way do CICs contribute in adding value especially towards "Big Society"?
Added by Mrs Varsha Dodhia on November 1, 2010 at 18:42 —
Here's the baseline survey from last year. We'll be sending out a 2010 version shortly and would welcome any input on what you might like to see included. Most interested to hear from academics and researchers, we intend to integrate with other data sets to upgrade our online functionality. Specifically interested in hearing any comments on which categorisations… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on November 1, 2010 at 17:21 —
Well, not 100% sure but I'm pretty sure I'd like to set up Lawtalks as a CIC. Lawtalks runs training courses across the UK, mainly for solicitors but also for others interested in community care law. My question is, which is better CIC or cooperative? As a solicitor I'm quite familiar with regular companies, but would value your assistance with my question.
Added by Craig Ward on October 20, 2010 at 9:58 —
There are currently warnings being posted that the Bribery Act 2010 could apply to charities and that there could be issues to consider when the Act comes in to force in April 2011.
The Act was orginally aimed at big business.
The article, 'Bribery Act could trap unwary charities, finance directors warned' gives some details but is related to charities and is found at:…
Added by Paul Weaver on September 24, 2010 at 13:37 —
I will continue the information on websites over this weekend and yes I will put them into a PDF and Word document for people to down load and read/keep.
I have had an eye issue and flu which has prevented me from getting online (not a lot of point when you cannot see the screen) but hopefull that has been sorted and I can get back to normail this week.
Added by Steve Blake on September 24, 2010 at 10:48 —
As a CIC our year end is 31st March, some of the work we undertake is based on an academic year. We have been told by the accountant that at the end of the financial year any money left over (profit) is due for Corp Tax, even though the money is restricted to a project, one of these projects is ongoing. Is this true and if so is there a way round it.
Added by Lynda Lynne on September 22, 2010 at 12:08 —
Hi Everyone, I need help/info. I am coming up to my first year end accounts and realise I dont know what is needed for CIC accounts. Do they need to be audited? etc etc Could someone clue me in to what I need to be doing please, rather than spend a fortune on finding out this info.
Added by Sue Westbrook on September 20, 2010 at 22:36 —
This is great - I love seeing all those little CIC flags!
Added by Sara Burgess on September 20, 2010 at 9:38 —
provoking paper suggesting that all social enterprises share the same 'greatest challenge' - (opens as pdf doc)
Added by Adrian Ashton on September 17, 2010 at 15:05 —
great pdf: 'the evolution of social enterprise' as viewed as a historical timeline (monastries to today) http://bit.ly/bZEgMu
some people have found it doesn't give enough detail to the european dimension, but the authors are happy to receive contributions for future updates (details in the document)
Added by Adrian Ashton on September 16, 2010 at 9:49 —
Added by John Mulkerrin on September 15, 2010 at 17:52 —
Many charities and local authorities are now running services and activities under the banner of ‘social enterprise’ to contribute to their sustainability (both as services and organisations).
This perhaps helps to explain why there’s such confusion about what social enterprise is: some organisations presenting their structure and form as the basis for their identity, while others present… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on September 10, 2010 at 8:58 —