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Community Interest Companies Info Pack (CIC Regulator)

An overview document explaining the legal features of Community Interest Companies, produced by the CIC Regulator.

Info sheet: Community Interest Companies

A community interest company (CIC) is a limited liability company created with the specific aim of providing benefit to a community.

Setting up a company (SCNI factsheet)

This booklet, produced by Supporting Communities NI, provides general guidelines to assist voluntary organisations who are considering setting up a company. It includes information on legal structures and advice on managing the potential changes to an organisation.  Please note that further advice should be obtained from a solicitor or business consultant.

Community business case studies

A range of case studies showcasing NI Social Enterprises are available from

Advice Note: Running a Charitable Company (NICVA)

An article to running a charitable company, including updated guidance on the requirements of company law by NICVA.

Advice Note: Setting up a charitable company (NICVA)

A guide for charities considering incorporation. Produced by NICVA.

Advice Note: Setting up an association (NICVA)

An introductory guide to help you start up a voluntary organisation. Produced by NICVA.

Advice Note: Legal structures (NICVA)

A guide to choosing a legal structure for your organisation, produced by NICVA.

Advice Note: Charitable Status (NICVA)

A guide to why you need to gain charitable status, and how to go about it. Produced by NICVA.

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