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At 17:08 on November 29, 2012, Shelby Powell said…

Hi John, thanks for the welcome. Here is the information about our award. We do have a photograph if you wanted to add to the website etc:

Wheatpieces Community Centre in Tewkesbury, which is run by a team of volunteers as a community interest company , has received a prestigious award recognizing  the ‘outstanding contribution’ made by volunteers and was named as ‘project of the year’ in the Gloucestershire Community 2012 Awards.    The Award was presented to the volunteers at an award ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse by the Earl of Wessex.

To celebrate the centre opened its doors with an open day with free activities for children including a bouncy castle and face painting and demonstrations by local clubs and groups.

Centre Manager, Adam Fendt comments, “This award has had such a positive impact increasing the number of enquiries and bookings meaning we can offer an even greater choice of activities and events”.

The community centre offers a large sports hall and meeting rooms which can be hired by the hour at reasonable cost.   There is ample free parking, disabled facilities and free changing rooms with showers.    Visit the website  or ring Adam on 01684 294713 for more information.

At 17:31 on November 28, 2012, Abigail McKern said…
Dear John,
Thank you for that tip!
At 13:08 on October 22, 2012, Mike Lanning said…

Hi John, many thanks for the welcome.

I am just beginning the process of establishing an organisation that I work with, Bexley District Cricket (BDC), as a CIC and would be grateful for any relevant and guidance!

I just just posted some information on BDC, its aims and current activities on my home page.

Thanks, Mike

At 15:54 on August 28, 2012, Karina Macleod said…

ha ha!  Thanks for the warm welcome!  I work for a social enterprise that provides other social enterprises with legal advice and support and as part of that I set up a lot of CIC's and am a big fan and I try to encourage more people to go down this route. There still seems to be resistance to the CIC here in Scotland which I do not get!  I joined as I'm always on the look out of guidance, advice and I suppose feedback on being a CIC!  K

At 15:26 on May 29, 2012, WALTER EDWARD STONE said…

Hi John  For the past 12 years Resolve (UK) C I C have provided bespoke 24/7 free and confidential debt advice to all mebers of Her Majesty,s Armed Forces and their famillies both whilst serving and after discharge. We deal in crisis management and rapid intervention.We are not able to cope with the requests for advice and am seeking funding for another adviser.


At 8:53 on April 30, 2012, Euan Terras said…

Thanks John, happy to contribute where I can!

At 17:10 on March 19, 2012, Lucy Haughey said…

thanks John, sweet of you to welcome me so soon!


In brief we are a bridging service, an advice "portal" to independent financial services providers across Scotland. We do some stuff in house like financial fact finds, financial reviews and PPI claims but the rest we refer on as a sort of introductions service.... ( think uesfull Financial Dating! :-))


I take referrals from a lot of charities, community groups and even some housing associations, NHS staff and other advice services at the mo. We are always seeking new referrers and the beauty of what we do is what we offer fits everyone. Everyone needs financial advice and we just make it ethical, impartial and accessible as possible.


Its a free service as I am paid to be "an introducer" so its built on a private sector income model. Introducers are very common in the private financial services sector but unheard of in other sectors. I offer training, workshops, consultancy and other project support services for free to and will work with any sector comfortably.


Our site is under review as we are 1 1/2 yrs old and have re-branded this month. Hoepfully up by April mid.



At 17:18 on March 5, 2012, Lois Devlin said…

Thanks for your welcoming John I have posted about myself and idea.

Best wishes,


At 23:43 on February 2, 2012, Jimmy Connelly said…

Hi, sorry I was a bit short...My site is under redevelopment so there is not much info up there now. We do a crash course to help people get websites up really quickly with ( not blogs - full websites)

The CIC part of our organisation is the bit that gives basic IT training to vulnerable adults who are clients of ST Mungo's homeless charity.

At 16:43 on January 13, 2012, Jimmy Connelly said…

Cheers John - its website mentoring for small businesses. We help people build a website in a day.

At 14:49 on January 3, 2012, Rob Jennings said…

Thanks John - I hope so too.

I've been scouring the group discussions for useful insights as I'm in the process of setting up a CIC and my key dilemma is whether to go with shares or guarantee. I'll post a few queries in the 'Setting up a CIC' group and would be grateful for feedback.

Kind regards


At 8:57 on January 3, 2012, Heather Bird said…

Hi John, thanks for your message. Classical Revolution wants to attract arts council funding and corporate sponsorship too, so I need to work out whether a CIC is right for this model. I'll have a good look through the legislation and forms today but will very likely need a bit of help! Happy New Year! Heather 

At 2:11 on January 3, 2012, Mrs Wendy lee Walker - Blake said…

Hi John, 

            I started up my own cleaning business in 2010 and 18 months on we are members of the safe traders scheme and we have 3 commercial contracts. We also have domestic customers too. We are in Lancaster. Just one question what can CIC do for us as a young expanding company and what can we do to help CIC. 

with regards Wendy

At 18:19 on December 31, 2011, Brad Meyer said…

Many Thanks John. Happy New Year's Eve :-) 

I will be in touch soon, after reading through some more of your site.

Kind Regards


At 18:43 on November 28, 2011, Richard Gadsby said…

Many thanks, I will certainly give you a call in the next day or two if that is OK, I am just pulling together the description and mission statement of our venture. Thanks again, RIk

At 20:53 on November 6, 2011, Albert Boyd said…

Support Young Talent in the North East of England

Community Interest Companies in North East England have the opportunity to use their votes to support Young Talent in the North East of England. For that reason FReSH CIC is lending it’s support to the Ambition AXA Awards which have been launched to find very talented 11 to 18-year-olds who deserve the opportunity to shine. We would love you to join us – it’s free and only takes a minute.

We are down to the last 5 in each category in the competition and there are 3 young people from the North East left. Whether they progress to the last 3 and the final in the House of Commons at the end of November is down to an X-Factor style public vote. The voting closes on Monday 7th November at Midnight – so you have all of Monday for you and your colleagues to vote and to get some support through friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc. You can record one vote each for the North East youngsters, more information is available through the links below or  just click on the link next to each of the young people -this gives you direct to access their voting page on the AXA site


‘It can be tricky to reach your true potential. But imagine what could happen if you could work with someone who’s already reached the top of their field or shown great commitment to causes they care about.  

That’s why AXA has launched these awards. We want to give exceptional young people the opportunity to develop their skills and win an amazing experience that could change their life’. 

The competition winners could win a bespoke mentoring prize designed specifically for them from someone who is already a leader in the arts, science, enterprise, sport and community involvement.

The three young people below have achieved a great deal to get this far, they are each in the last 5 of their category, the public vote which runs through to Monday 7th of November, will decide who gets in to the last 3 and goes forward to the final judging at the end of November

Vote for the Young Talent from the North East – it only takes a minute – you can cast one vote for each of the North East’s talented youngsters@

  1. 1.       Alistair Boyd from North Shields

Category Enterprise


  1. 2.       Finn Eden from Doncaster

Category Sport


  1. 3.       Hannah Larkin from Middlesbrough

Category Community


FReSH CIC Supporting Young Talent in the Community


Thanks for your Support

Albert Boyd




At 16:47 on October 24, 2011, Bruce Pittingale said…

Hi John

Thanks for the encouraging words, scaling up would be easy as this is for one region of the UK. To deliver to all eight regions, this would become easier and less costly the more regions we are able to roll out to. I already have interest from the North West and the East Midlands, we could replicate the East of England in all eight regions.

With regard to the amount, we had developed a funding document as well which shows £234,000 for the first year as laid down in the cashflow forecast, I will bring this along on Thursday as well.

At 10:37 on October 23, 2011, Bruce Pittingale said…

Hi John

I have now been able to finish the package as far as I am aware for possible investors, which I attach to this message. I have added a full Marketing Plan and a balanced scorecard to monitor performance.

I will bring three copies along on Thursday to the investors meeting.

Were you able to mention us in your presentation the other day and was there any interest at all?

Speak soon


At 14:09 on October 18, 2011, Bruce Pittingale said…

Hi John


Yes the energy news is good for business and we have arranged a news piece on Anglia News for the first week in November, the first time we will have had tv airtime.

I am waiting for the final marketing plan now, which should be with me by close of play tonight.


Attached is the Business PlWorkings%20out%20for%20social%20investment.xlsan with all of the annexes attached as well.

At 22:13 on October 9, 2011, Bruce Pittingale said…

Hi again

My spreadsheets of the workings out are attached for you to confirm the figures in the Business Plan.




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