What legal form should I take?
We are frequently asked the question: “what legal form should my social enterprise use?” Our normal answer is that you should start by getting your business and your social impact right first, then the legal form you need will probably become clear. But click here for an excellent summary of legal forms written by the law firm Stone King.
As of May 2014, the label “Industrial and Provident Societies” (or IPS) ceased to exist. It has been replaced by either Co-operatives (run for the benefit of their members) or Community Benefit Societies or Bencoms (run for the benefit of society). Please see our news item for further information.
Tom Ravenscroft, a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Founder of Enabling Enterprise has written an excellent piece for the Guardian: Start-up success: 6 lessons for social entrepreneurs. Anyone thinking of starting a social enterprise should read it.
Why not consider becoming a student on one of our School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire (SSEH) programmes? SSEH provides an exciting and challenging programme that brings together people who want to make a difference through enterprise.
David deSouza of Matching Donation has written this How-to Guide for social enterprises on how to manage and maintain motivation as a social entrepreneur
Pimp My Cause brings together worthwhile causes with talented marketers – including innovators, strategists, advertisers, graphic designers, web developers, PR specialists and researchers who can provide transformational input pro bono. So if you’re in need of some free marketing, why not get in touch with them?