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CIC Association CIC response to Cabinet Office Consultation Supporting a Stronger Civil Society Nov 2010


A couple of members have asked about this, thought it was easier to put online if anyone wants to comment, we're pleased suggestion 1 is in the mix. (amazing to see the growth in CICs in such a short time!)


Question 10: Do you have…


Added by John Mulkerrin on July 23, 2011 at 14:43 — No Comments

Guest Blog - The ClearlySo Social Business Conference 2011

The social business and enterprise arena is often described as the fastest growing sector of the economy. It’s a nice thought if true, but just how big is it? According to government figures there are around 62,000 companies which could be described as social businesses or social enterprises in the UK. This is the figure that’s been routinely quoted for around two years. It is an impressive enough figure in…


Added by John Mulkerrin on July 1, 2011 at 15:25 — No Comments

New National Social Enterprise Directory – Pre launch offer for CIC’s

A ground-breaking national directory for social enterprises will launch this month, with the aim of making it easier than ever to trade with businesses that exist to make a difference to communities and the environment.  To mark its launch, we are pleased to announce a special pre-launch offer – a free 12 month listing for every CIC.

The new website –– has been developed by in response to a clearly identified need - enabling social…


Added by Melanie Mills on June 2, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments


Hi there,

I already have a CIC I started through a company formation agant.

I want to set up a new one and would like to find a cheaper way to do it.

Does anyone here know if I can do it myself or have you done it yourself?

Or indeed the cheapest option available.



Added by Anthony Eldridge Rogers on April 23, 2011 at 10:45 — 2 Comments

London Venue - Well-being day.

I am looking for a space to deliver a well-being day for 15/20 Head Teachers in London on the 11th October 2011. As we will be doing relaxation techniques it would need to be quiet. Anyone know of a suitable venue? Many thanks - Jonathan.

Added by Jonathan Lloyd on April 7, 2011 at 14:20 — No Comments

Have your say - The Regulator's technical panel meeting Friday 25th March 2011

Hi Everyone

I'll be attending The Regulators technical panel on the 25th March, please add any comments on the agenda below or email me direct at


We will be asking the Regulator to consider allowing the dividend cap to be set against the transaction price of the CIC share if it gets sold to a second party.







Added by John Mulkerrin on March 18, 2011 at 17:09 — 4 Comments

Inside Out Art Projects CIC

We set up our company last February. We represent a collective of about 60 artists in the Shropshire Borderlands area. We enable artists and student artists to meet together in our Studio base in Oswestry, plan shows, network with other artists, gallery owners, educational establishments and curate exhibitions.


For more about us go to our website


It's great to have somewhere to touch…


Added by Diana Baur on March 11, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

UK Directory of Social Enterprise Networks

The directory can be viewed online here

Added by Bob Northey on March 3, 2011 at 12:51 — No Comments

The 2011 CIC Annual Questionnaire

Here's the link:

Its vital we build a robust and detailed picture of CICs up and down the country, the great work we do and the challenges we face.
We've already had a great response and some interesting information is emerging, help us build the picture and add your voice to the growing CIC…

Added by John Mulkerrin on March 1, 2011 at 19:55 — 3 Comments

UK Directory of Social Enterprise Networks is now available online

Social Traders CIC has today launched the first UK Directory of Social Enterprise Networks - hopefully a useful resource for CIC Association members


News Item here:



Added by Bob Northey on March 1, 2011 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

CIC Insurance

Following a meeting with John Mulkerrin last week, I thought I would blog my thoughts around the meeting and what I can offer my fellow CIC members.


We set up in December as a new venture and a CIC. Becoming a CIC was an obvious way of setting out our values and ethical stance. We have been working with a number of insurers to offer a scheme for CICs. I am pleased to announce that we have a facility with one of the world's largest insurers offering Liability Insurance,…


Added by Jonathan Lloyd on February 22, 2011 at 15:24 — No Comments

EFT for Recovery


See my EFT for Recovery blogpost here



Added by Stacey Smith on February 21, 2011 at 19:38 — No Comments

social enterprises coming out of the public sector...

provocative research finds that public sector workers setting up social enterprises to externalise services face more signficant problems than anticipated

Added by Adrian Ashton on February 16, 2011 at 18:07 — No Comments

5 Years of CIC - A Surmise

JMulkerrin at the CIC Forum July 2010 and powerpoint

2500 words and a powerpoint for the more enthusiastic, its as rounded a discussion as ive managed to date and a good read if you want to get a grasp of some of the background thinking.




Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the graveyeard session! Its…


Added by John Mulkerrin on February 16, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

model articles

Just looking at model arts for ltd by guarantee / large membership and rule 52 is 'exclusion of model articles' and states 'the relevant model articles for a co ltd by guarantee are hereby expressly excluded'.


Can anybody explain what this means - makes me confused!




john whelan

Added by John Whelan on February 16, 2011 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Big Society

Why do the commentors asume that making profit is bad? CIC's are profit making enterprises, as they should be, otherwise they would not be in business.

The ones that are set up to suck up funding are the ones which have been formed from previous public services as a way of continuing to pay staff out of the charitable purse. Which should never have been allowed but appathy is the greatest scourge of the world today and these things will continue to happen until the appathy ends and…


Added by Irene Yvonne Lindsay on February 15, 2011 at 11:32 — No Comments

Do CICs epitomise the Big Society ideal?

I just wanted to spark a debate...  given today's Big Society rather negative outing in the media, I was reminded how much I felt CICs should at least have a seat at that table.


So, are CICs the missing link in the Big Society?  Or are CICs addressing something completely different?

As they say...  discuss! 


(and if you want to take it a bit further... …


Added by Tom Barnett on February 13, 2011 at 14:00 — 26 Comments

Social Franchise Opportunities & Social Enterprise Advisors

Social Franchise Opportunities & Social Enterprise Advisors

Social Franchise Opportunities:

· Social franchising introduction

· Investment in sport enterprise

· Social franchising the next big thing

· All Saints Action Network (ASAN)

· Clearly So Social Business Directory

· Tatty Bumpkin ‘Ethical’ Franchise

· Green Assess ‘Green’ Franchise

Social franchising introduction from RISE South West: …


Added by Ilham Shebani on January 22, 2011 at 19:20 — No Comments

Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Funding, Networking & Training News

Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Funding, Networking & Training News

HE Social Entrepreneurship Awards

BIG Launches £3.6 Million Jubilee People's Millions Fund

YOU NOODLE - Social Network for Entrepreneurs

Training and events for South West

Extraordinary Ones UK

Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning


The social investment business that administer the Big society social fund

Funding Central… Continue

Added by Ilham Shebani on January 22, 2011 at 19:17 — No Comments

CIC accounts

I am looking for a model set of annual CIC accounts for a small company with no shares.  Can anyone help?


I have a lot of expertise in the preparation and independent examination of annual accounts for charities; but I am new to CIC accounts which, I understand, should be more detailed and transparent than ordinary company accounts for the benefit of the stakeholders.



Added by Chris Whelan on January 13, 2011 at 15:35 — 2 Comments

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