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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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.