Information for social enterprises and co-operatives

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The council's Economic Development Team offers a range of support services to businesses, such as information and contacts relating to starting a business and access to finance for business.

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Provide support and advice for businesses in Brighton and Hove, including a dedicated worker (Laura Evans, laura.evans@c2cbusiness.org.uk) who can help social enterprises to find support, and an online directory of support services available to local businesses.

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Provides specialist development services and training to co-operatives and community enterprises through business advice, training design and delivery, group facilitation, feasibility studies, development planning support and accessing appropriate funding

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Website has a range of information for cooperatives including information on Cooperative Community Interest Companies, and a Code of Governance for Workers Co-ops. They have a document available called Simply Legal which covers various legal forms and organisational types for community enterprises. If you register on the site, you can also use their Select a Structure tool.

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Provide services and information for social enterprises. Also invest in social enterprises.

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The CIC Regulator's website contains information and guidance on setting up a CIC and the appropriate forms.
The Guardian have also published a clear and useful guide to CICs.

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Provides advice and information about funding your organisation through selling shares to the community. Excellent source of information on setting up a project which will be funded by the organisation's own members.
Provides advice about setting up Cooperative Societies and Community Benefit Societies.

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Offer a package of advice, training and finance to help new and existing co-operatives become more sustainable businesses. Includes 4 hours of free advice that you can apply for online.

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Industrial and Provident Societies must register with the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Free online reference and decision-making tool for charities, social enterprises and co-operative organisations.

Get Legal has been developed by NCVO, with support from BWB, to enable organisations to access information and guidance on the most appropriate legal form and governance structure for delivering their goals.

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A network of radical co-ops whose members are committed to working for positive social change. Their website has useful guides to setting up a workers coop and a housing coop.

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Provides loans, advice and support for social enterprises in Brighton and Hove. Loans of up to £10,000 available.

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Provides information about setting up a Social Firm to provide employment for people disadvantaged by discrimination.

0207 566 1100

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Really useful information website for setting up social enterprises. Also offer grants to social enterprises.