Documents

Setting up a charity or social enterprise

Incorporation

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    Before starting a social enterprise

    Q&As for people considering starting a social enterprise.

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    Charity Trustees explained

    What it means to be a trustee, with links to the Charity Commission guidance.

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    Checklist for general meeting

    A checklist of the different requirements of organising and holding a general meeting.

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    Checklist for setting up and registering a charity

    A checklist of the different stages to complete when setting up a charity.

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    Guide to running a charitable company limited by guarantee

    A guide to the legal issues you need to consider when running a charity that is also incorporated as a company limited by guarantee.

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    Membership application form

    For companies that wish to allow people to apply to be company law members.

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    Notice of annual general meeting

    For companies wanting to hold an annual general meeting.

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    Notice of first directors meeting

    This document will help newly-incorporated companies ensure that all of the necessary legal issues are covered at the first meeting of the board.

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    Notice of general meeting

    For companies wanting to hold a general meeting of the members.

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    Pros and cons of charitable status

    A guide for organisations which are considering registering as a charity

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    Pros and cons of incorporation

    A guide for unincorporated charities that are considering whether to incorporate as either a company limited by guarantee a charitable incoroprated organisation or a community benefit society.

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    Proxy notice

    For companies sending out notice of a general meeting or annual general meeting and needing help with the drafting a proxy form.

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    Remaining unincorporated

    A brief summary of what it means to be unincorporated.

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    Setting up a charity – a guide to legal forms

    A guide to the different legal forms available to charities.

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    Setting up a social enterprise - a guide to legal forms

    A guide to the different legal forms available to social enterprises.

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    Setting up: governance structures and stakeholder involvement

    A summary of common governance structures and ways organisations can involve stakeholders.

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    Written resolution

    For companies wanting to pass a members’ resolution without holding a general meeting.