Information about starting up and running a business in the UK.
SEUK is the national membership body for social enterprise. It runs campaigns and lobbies on behalf of members, carries out research into the sector and builds networks between social enterprises.
The Regulator is an independent official for Community Interest Company.
The companies House website includes useful guidance for companies, directors and company secretaries.
The Regulator for Industrial and Provident Societies.
Pioneers Post aims to be the most engaging, informative and useful resource for business people who are passionate about changing lives, building communities and nurturing the environment.
NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. NCVO provides voice and support to voluntary and community organisations and its website includes wide-ranging guidance on a variety of subjects including collaborative working, ICT, strategy and impact, policy, campaigning, workforce, sustainable funding, governance and leadership, third sector foresight, and research.
SEUK is the national body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. Their members also include private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support SEUK’s vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. SEUK runs effective campaigns for members and lobbies on the sector's behalf; carries out robust and respected research to help paint a picture of the UK's social enterprise movement; builds networks between social enterprises and raises the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector.
ACEVO is the professional association for third sector Chief Executives.
A membership organisation helping charities to manage their accounting, taxation, audit and other finance related functions.
Community Matters is the National Federation for Community Organisations.
NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. They aim to ensure communities are well served by the local third sector by supporting their members and their work with over 160,000 local groups and organisations.
Local and regional umbrella organisations that support the voluntary and community sector.
Find your local group at http://navca.org.uk/directory/home.aspx
As part of the Cabinet Office, the Office for Civil Society leads work across government to support the environment for a thriving civil society (voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutuals), enabling the sector to campaign for change, deliver public services, promote social enterprise and strengthen communities.
Skills Platform makes it easier for people in charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities.
Trustee Bank offers a free service from NCVO to advertise or view trustee vacancies. It also provides information about becoming a trustee and on recruiting trustees to your board.
Trustees Unlimited is a joint venture between Bates Wells Braithwaite, NCVO and Russam GMS and is one of the premier providers of trustee and non executive recruitment.
Find your local volunteer centre for support and information on setting up a group through the Do-it trust.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales. Its website has a range of publications and guidance on all matters relating to charities.
Information on community investment and community owned enterprise
Strive to build a stronger, more successful co-operative movement for all.
ICA is an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide.
Funding Central is a free smart website for all third sector organisations, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs. http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk
Find a solicitor locally or in a specific area of expertise using the law society find a solicitor function
BWB is a commercial law firm servicing a wide range of commercial, statutory, charity and social enterprise bodies (and their owners and managers).
LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid.
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