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Serving Community Enterprise

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



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Comment by Graeme Perks on January 23, 2010 at 9:58
What a positive meeting of mindslast Monday and a genuine desire to pool effort for the common good! If only this way of working could be adopted by all (some do) the professional public sector project core! who are supposed to be there to assist and nurture, not burden with process and complicate what is in essence a simple driver " folk feel good when they feel they are doing something positive for their community of interest and see the benefits joined up thinking offers". The CIC structure with social values alligned with business best practice is a real winner and the CIC Regulator team are good examples of facilitaing support which John,Tom and the team have worked hard to build real sustainable working relationships - well done. Perky
Comment by Kathryn Kimbley on January 21, 2010 at 22:42
HI John,

Thank you for this. I found this very interesting especially as I don't think I'll be able to attend the forthcoming events which is a tremendous shame as I'm really wanting to find out more and as much as possible about CIC's. It looks like the uptake and growth is huge and I can't help but admit a tiny feeling of glee that my own CIC formation has contributed to those statistics! :)

If anybody could suggest some reading material re. CIC's and social enterprise I'd also be grateful! (Has anybody read Mission Inc. by the way?!).


Comment by John Mulkerrin on January 21, 2010 at 18:59
Hi Peter

I think in general it'll be quite easy. I seriously doubt CICs will only use our network, far from it, but a lot of stuff that could be done for us isnt being done for us, and we can definitely get some of the low hanging fruit done by ourselves. There's also plenty of room for developing the potential of CIC specifically, its not the only solution to issues but in many circumstances offers a new solution, and no-one unfortunately is currently working on that. We've got the ball rolling though, we're in early discussions with a couple of universities regarding partnerships and the CIC Bond will be a specific benefit to CICs. The new share caps have also opened up a completely new opportunity to bring funding into social enterprise and we'll definitely be trying to facilitate some good information on the potential.

A lot of great services are already on offer elsewhere, and we've already started discussing multiple partnerships with different groups of stakeholders. For us its just a matter of getting moving and putting resources/funding in place. Im meeting the Regulator on the 28th after which i'll send out a development plan for feedback amongst the members, which will include some partnerships currently being agreed.

We should make it easier for the existing networks to interact with CICs, most dont have much data on CICs, a lot dont even data gather whether their members are CIC or not. Theres a lot of quick wins to be had without doubt, some members are wanting to develop local/regional groups and I think it'll grow at its own pace.

The single marketplace is a wider concept, ie, a central place for all stakeholders to access CICs, investors, local authorities, comunity groups, charities etc, and to be as much a resource to those groups as CICs themselves. There's a lot to be gained by all groups having better understanding and access.

I could go on rabbiting! but in short, as simply as possible, mostly online, and depending upon what develops, the debate on CIC seems to have changed tone recently which bodes well future. If you want to know more tecchy details please contact Tom Barnett (IT, New Media) or Mike Veitch (Data)

what do you think?
Comment by John Mulkerrin on January 21, 2010 at 17:39
Hi Alison

Feel free to pop your sitaution on here or ping me an email, more than happy to help if I can. If its stalled try giving it a 'CIC Start'!! boom boom!

Comment by Peter Ananicz on January 21, 2010 at 17:36
Nick, the one thing that stands out for me is the single marketplace approach for CIC's to trade, share info etc which I fully support and is much needed. My question is how do you propose to integrate with the existing social enterprise networks many of which already offer single marketplace to CIC's and socail enterpises in their area. Have you had discussions with them to see how you can work closely with them?
Comment by Alison Lowndes on January 21, 2010 at 15:59
Thanks for posting this John, can you advise if you can assist with locating funding. I set up in 2008 but am still stalled on this point.


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