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Unlocking the Potential of Community Interest Companies: A Guide for Social Enterprises


Community Interest Companies (CICs) are more than just business structures – they provide a way for businesses to make a real difference in society.


As an accountant who specializes in helping social enterprises, I'm committed to helping these organizations use the benefits of CICs while following the rules set by the CIC regulator.


CICs were created in 2005 and offer a different way of doing business in the UK. What makes them special is that they focus on helping the community instead of just making money. While CICs can make some money, it must be reasonable and should never hurt their main goal of helping the community.

Right now, there are nearly 30,000 CICs in the UK, each doing something special to make society better. These organizations can be small community projects or big providers of important services like healthcare. The CIC rules allow them to do lots of different things to create positive change.


Now, let's look at the good things about being a social enterprise and using the CIC model:

Helping People: The best thing is that you can really help people. CICs work on important community issues, like the environment or healthcare, and make positive changes happen.

Trust: Being a CIC makes people believe in your mission. It shows customers and investors that you're serious about helping the community.

Getting Money: Lots of people, both from the government and private companies, want to support social enterprises and CICs. This means you can get money to grow and make more of an impact.

Flexibility: CICs can change what they do quickly to help the community better. They can also make money by selling things, which helps them keep going and do more good things.

Tax Help: CICs can get help with taxes, so they can use more of their money to help the community.

Protecting Assets: CICs have to keep their money and stuff safe for the community. This means all the good things they make stay in the community.


Happy Workers: When people work for a CIC, they usually care a lot about making things better. This makes them work hard and do good things.


The team at the CIC regulator is really important. They make sure that CICs follow the rules and stay focused on helping the community.


As an accountant who knows about social enterprises and CICs, my job is to help social enterprises understand and use the good things about the CIC model. I help them make plans for their money that follow the rules and do good things for the community. I also work with the CIC regulator to make sure my clients do things the right way and are open about what they do.


To sum up, CICs are a great way for social enterprises to do important things and get lots of good benefits. As accountants who care about this, we work together with social enterprises to make real and lasting changes in communities all over the UK, one CIC at a time.