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Further Help and Advice

Information for companies and enterprises


Information about starting up and running a business in the UK.

Social Enterprise 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 CIC Regulator

The Regulator is an independent official for Community Interest Company.

Companies House

The companies House website includes useful guidance for companies, directors and company secretaries.

Financial Conduct Authority

The Regulator for Industrial and Provident Societies.

Pioneers Post

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.

Umbrella bodies and general advice


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.

Social Enterprise UK

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

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 Council for Voluntary Service

Local and regional umbrella organisations that support the voluntary and community sector.
Find your local group at http://navca.org.uk/directory/home.aspx

Office for Civil Society

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

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

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

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.

Volunteer Centres

Find your local volunteer centre for support and information on setting up a group through the Do-it trust.

Information on tax

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

Information for Charities

Charity Commission

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 Co-operative models

Community shares

Information on community investment and community owned enterprise

Co-operatives UK

Strive to build a stronger, more successful co-operative movement for all.

International Co-operative alliance

ICA is an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide.

Funding information

Funding Central

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

Legal Advice

Find a solicitor

Find a solicitor locally or in a specific area of expertise using the law society find a solicitor function

Bates Wells and Braithwaite (BWB)

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.

Training videos

Anywhere, anytime learning

KnowHow NonProfit's Study Zone provide low cost online training for the voluntary sector using web video technology.

Setting up a charity

Thinking of setting up a charity? Wondering where to start or if it is even the right option for you? This course will help you go through the decision-making process, giving you unique insight into the early stages of setting up a non profit from the point of view of a charity founder. It’s packed with useful tips and personal stories that will inspire you on your own journey.

Setting up a social enterprise

Whether you want your charity to start trading or you're about to set up a business with a social impact, make a successful start with this online course. Learn how to clarify your social purpose and the types of products or services you’re looking to sell and find out how to make a long term difference by ensuring the sustainability of your business model.

See also:

  • Trustee training pack - online tools for trustees, chairs and CEOs
  • The board appraisal tool kit: self assessment for chairs and trustees
  • Make your board effective - the role of chairs, trustees and CEOs
  • The essentials of charity finance

Organisations providing relevant support and information

Share your experiences with others

Share your knowledge and insight of starting up an organisation with others on KnowHow NonProfit's setting up a charity wiki. You can edit existing content, add new information or create your own new guides of case studies, how-to or FAQs.