Information on legal structures

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0845 300 6200 / 0161 300 6200 / 01273710659 (textphone)

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Information about arts council funding, lottery funding and lots of useful links to other art related things.
Plus useful information sheets on aspects of running an arts organisation, such as insurance, organising an event, setting up a business and working with communities.

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0300 066 9197 (10am to 12noon and 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday)

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Very comprehensive website with information how to set up a charity, legal guidance, and a database of all registered charities. Also has specialist guidance section specifically aimed at small groups wanting to become charities.
The Charity Commission is now part of the GOV.uk site, which can make it difficult to search for the information you need. They advise you to:

  • always include 'charity commission' in your search terms, eg 'report serious incident charity commission'

  • enter your search term, then select 'Charity Commission' from the drop down list of 'Organisations' on the search results page


Some specific guidance you may find useful:

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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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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 useful collection of simple information sheets on running groups, covering things like What Insurance do we need?, The committee's essential responsibilities, A Glossary of Committee and Meeting terms, Committee rifts and disputes, How well does your group run?, and a Good Practice Guide on Volunteering.