There is an increasing demand from the sector for workshops and seminars from experts in the field of community interest companies to explain and demystify many of the rumours and myths that surround CICs. Many CICs are in fact looking for training to help them best serve their community.

I can deliver talks on a wide range of areas including corporate governance, investment readiness, social impact reporting, investor reward, stakeholder engagement and sustainability.

Earlier this year I was invited to speak at the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Click For Presentation Notes). Australia is starting to embrace social enterprise and the government is looking to to introduce a model similar to the CIC. I was able to share my experiences with them and explaining what I would do differently if I was starting out today.

I have also delivered a number of talks to professional bodies such as accountants helping them to understand the differences in approach required when dealing with a community interest company.

I intend to offer more of these type of workshops and will be working with other partners such as the CIC Association to help deliver them to as wide an audience as possible.

I am an enthusiastic speaker and the workshops are delivered in a relaxed and participative style. They are informative and entertaining, targeted specifically at those wishing to learn more about the social phenomena that is the CIC model. Time will be set aside at the close not only for questions but also to see delegates on a one to one basis, if required.

Tables A and B offer examples of the themes and subjects I can explore, it is not exhaustive. Workshops are bespoke and tailored to precise specifications; they are competitively priced and I am available for half day or full day events.

If you would like further information please complete the enquiry form at the foot of this page and I will get back to you.


As a former Deputy Regulator of Community Interest Companies, I want to share my experience and understanding of CICs; to tell the story of those that went before and to inspire the next generation of social entrepreneurs.




The workshops can be designed for:

  1.      Awareness raising of staff, employees and stakeholders of CICs
  2.      CICs , those interested in setting up CICs and those advising about CICs
  3.      Delegates from overseas keen to learn more about the model
  4.      Universities which are delivering social enterprise modules
  5.      Accountants as part of their CPD programme
  6.      Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Forums, Job Clubs
  7.      Formation agents and bodies engaged with incorporating CICs
  8.      Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Groups
  9.      Academics, Policy Makers, Social Enterprise Support Networks
  10.    Supporting social enterprise events and CIC specific events



1 The emergence of social enterprise
2 The rise of charities and cooperatives
3 The new kid on the block:  CICs
4 The factors that influenced the introduction of the model
5 Have the aspirations of 2004 been met
6 Evolution or revolution:  CICs 10 years on
7 Do CICs really meet the definition of social enterprise
8 Redefining social enterprise:  changing the SE mindset
9 Making a difference and making a living:  brave new world
10 Social enterprise and profit:  no longer an oxymoron
11 Public benefit versus profit:  how CICs square the circle
12 Social enterprise and CICs:  is it a marriage of convenience
13 Company, charity, cooperative, CIO and CIC:  all a tad confusing
14 The incorporation process:  bear traps and pitfalls
15 At the point of application:  advice needs to be better
16 Late filing penalties: an administrative inconvenience
17 How to spot the social entrepreneur and steer them to CICs
18 Guarantee or shares:  one size does not fit all
19 Unpicking the dividend cap and understanding the asset lock
20 Smashing the glass ceiling:  spotlight on the CIC director
21 CIC directors:  what exactly have you signed up for
22 Time to get a corporate mindset:  it’s a business
23 Director’s remuneration:  let’s attract the best people
24 Keeping control of your CIC:  the role of the NED
25 Understanding and making use of the different class of shares
26 Running a CIC:  are the expectations of the public too high
27 Campaigners and lobbyists:  tread very carefully
28 The rise and rise of CICs
29 Over 13,000 CICs:  what do the public really think
30 Perception is everything:  do we get CICs
31 USP:  using the CIC brand to get the edge on your competitors
32 Let’s talk Investment Readiness
33 How to access funds and grants
34 Why can’t we name a famous CIC
35 Integrity, transparency and social impact:  SE in action
36 Is the model capable of delivering real social change
37 Is the model fit for purpose
38 SITR:  game changer or false dawn
39 Why do CICs flourish in certain areas of the UK
40 Why do some CICs succeed and others spectacularly fail
41 Dissolution and strike off:  what are the CIC specific rules
42 Universities: inspiring the next generation of social entrepreneurs
43 Measuring social impact:  are CICs an academics dream
44 Academia:  embrace the opportunities for research and analysis
45 The CIC Annual Report:  deserves more than a passing glance
46 Self regulation:  do we need a Regulator
47 An iron fist in a velvet glove:  the role of the Regulator
48 Regulation:  blessing or a curse
49 Flying the flag:  global interest in the CIC model
50 CIC Mark II:  what other countries have learned from us


1 Angel Investors, patient capital, venture funds, grants-funding
2 Anti-money laundering measures
3 Appeals Officer
4 Assets as collateral
5 Asset lock:  Dividend Cap
6 Bid candy
7 Bona Vacantia
8 Bonuses, salaries
9 Campaigning and lobbying
10 CDFIs
11 Charges on assets, floating charges
12 Community interest report
13 Community interest test
14 Community of benefit
15 Community right to bid:  England
16 Community right to buy:  Scotland
17 Companies House:  confirmation statement
18 Companies House:  inconsistencies on the public register
19 Companies House:  Independent Complaint Adjudicator
20 Companies House:  late filing penalties
21 Companies House:  objecting against a dissolution
22 Companies House:  people with significant control
23 Companies House:  PROOF (PROtected Online Filing), WebCheck
24 Companies House:  restricting the disclosure of information
25 Companies House:  Registrar’s rules and powers
26 Companies House:  Technical Offences Team
27 Companies Name Tribunal:  IPO
28 Contracting work to a partner company
29 Cooperatives adopting the CIC model
30 Corporate governance
31 Corporate social responsibility
32 Corporation tax
33 Debentures:  mortgages, overdraft facilities
34 Debt covenants
35 Directors loans
36 Directors remuneration
37 Directors responsibilities
38 Discretionary rate relief
39 Dissolutions:  strike off and liquidation
40 Donations to charities
41 Dormant accounts:  CICs
42 Dormant Assets Commission:  Dormant Accounts Scheme
43 Equity investment:  debt financing, grants,  loans
44 Excluded companies
45 Fiduciary duties
46 Formation agents: ACRA, TCSP
47 Franchises
48 Freedom of Information:  community interest companies, CIC Office
49 Freelance work
50 FRS 102:  Public Benefit Entities
51 Fundraising:  street collections, sponsorship
52 Global interest: B Corps, community contribution Company
53 HMRC:   Gift Aid, Taxation, VAT
54 Insolvency Service:  Criminal Enforcement Team
55 Insurance:  Professional Indemnity, Public Liability
56 Investment readiness
57 Joint Ventures: partnerships, collaborations, projects
58 Loans:  secured and unsecured
59 Mission-led businesses
60 Non Executive Directors
61 Not-for-profit
62 Official Property Holder
63 Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman
64 Performance related interest
65 Pre-pack administration
66 Public interest test
67 Relationships with stakeholders
68 Regulator:  Blogs, Twitter, Webinars, e-Enablement
69 Regulator:  complaints process
70 Regulator:  consultations
71 Regulator:  incorporation process, statutory clauses
72 Regulator:  memorandums of understanding
73 Regulator:  powers of enforcement and investigation
74 Regulator:  road-shows, seminars, workshops
75 Regulator:  appointment, term of office, dual role with CH
76 Regulator:  Technical Panel
77 Restoration
78 Schedules 1,2,3
79 Shares:  Class A, Class B, Non voting
80 Shares:  ordinary, preference, golden
81 Shares:  paying dividends
82 Shares:  prohibited financial promotions
83 Shares:  redeemable, repurchasing, withdrawable
84 Shares:  trading, SE Stock Market
86 Social Impact Bonds
87 Social Impact Reporting
88 Social Investment: crowdfunding, peer-peer lending, community shares
89 Social Value Act
90 Society for the benefit of the community (Ben Comm)
91 Stakeholder engagement
92 Subsidiary company: parent company, holding company
93 Support network:  CIC Association, SE Mark, SEUK
94 Sweat equity
95 Trading overseas
96 Transfer of assets:  full consideration, market value
97 Triple bottom line:  people-profit-planet
99 Universities:  Higher Education Institutions
100 Volunteers



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