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Organisations providing relevant support and information
- The Good Trustee Guide, NCVO
- Good Governance a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector, NCVO
- The Good Guide to Trading, NCVO
- Charities, Trading and the Law, Jordans (Publication)
- Tools for Tomorrow, NCVO
- Thinking ahead a Guide to Strategic Planning, NCVO
- Governance and Organisational Structures
- Duties and liabilities of Charity Trustees, BWB
- VAT Toolkit
- CC11 Trustees Expenses and Payments, Charity Commission
- CC20 Charities and Fundraising, Charity Commission
- CC21 Registering as a charity, Charity Commission
- CC22 Choosing and preparing a governing document, Charity Commission
- CC23 Exempt Charities, Charity Commission
- CC35 Trustees, Trading and Tax: How charities may lawfully trade, Charity Commission
- CC43 Incorporation of Charity Trustees, Charity Commission
- Charities and public benefit, Charity Commission
- Charities and Risk Management, Charity Commission
- GD1 Charitable Companies: Model Memorandum and Articles of Association, Charity Commission
- GD2 Charitable Trusts: Model Trust Deed, Charity Commission
- GD3 Charitable Associations: Model Constitution
- Charity Registration pack, Charity Commission
- RS7 Membership Charities, Charity Commission
- Information and Guidance on Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO's)
Companies and enterprises:
- GBA1- Directors and Secretaries Guide, Companies House
- GBF1- Company Formation, Companies House
- The Ethical Business Guide, Blue Rocket and Good Folk
- Cooperative Enterprise Hub
- Local Cooperative Business Support directory
- Worker Co-operative Code of Governance
- There is an alternative
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Trustee training pack - online tools for trustees, chairs and CEOs
The board appraisal tool kit: self assessment for chairs and trustees
Make your board effective - the role of chairs, trustees and CEOs
The essentials of charity finance
Other useful information
Find a solicitor
Bates Wells and Braithwaite (BWB)
Funding Central is a free smart website for all third sector organisations, providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.
Information on Co-operative models
Information on community investment and community owned enterprise
Strive to build a stronger, more successful co-operative movement for all.
International Co-operative alliance
ICA is an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide
Information for Charities
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales. Its website has a range of publications and guidance on all matters relating to charities.
Information for companies and enterprises:
Businesslink.gov.uk helps you save time and money by giving you instant access to clear, simple, and trustworthy information. Whether you're starting up, already running a business, or looking to grow and develop, they are there to help you.
To find your regional Business Link, please call the Business Link Helpline on
The CIC Forum
The CIC forum is intended to provide a platform to discuss some of the issues faced by CICs, to increase collaboration and to share best practice.
The CIC Regulator
The Regulator is an independent official for Community Interest Company.
The companies House website includes useful guidance for companies, directors and company secretaries
Financial Services Authority
The Regulator for Industrial and Provident Societies
Guardian Social Enterprise Network
Insight, advice and best practice from the community
Social Enterprise Ambassadors
The Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country's most successful social enterprises. Learn more about these exceptional people, their businesses, and how you can get involved
The Social Enterprise Coalition
The Social Enterprise Coalition is the UK's national body for social enterprise
Social Enterprise magazine
Social Enterprise aims to be the most engaging, informative and useful resource for business people who are passionate about changing lives, building communities and nurturing the environment.
Social Enterprise Training and Support Consortium
Information resource to help you find the most appropriate social enterprise training, support or relevant publication
Umbrella bodies and general advice
NCVO is the umbrella body for the voluntary sector in England. NCVO provides voice and support to voluntary and community organisations and its website includes wide-ranging guidance on a variety of subjects including collaborative working, ICT, strategy and impact, policy, campaigning, workforce, sustainable funding, governance and leadership, third sector foresight, and research
For information on collaborative working and partnerships:
NCVO Collaborative Working Resources
For more information on funding and finance:
NCVO Funding and Finance Resources
For more information on governance, leadership and trusteeship.
NCVO Governance and Leadership Resources
For information on strategy and impact:
NCVO Strategy and Impact Resources
For information on people, HR and employment:
NCVO Workforce Resources
ACEVO is the professional association for third sector Chief Executives.
A membership organisation helping charities to manage their accounting, taxation, audit and other finance related functions.
Community Matters is the National Federation for Community Organisations.
Community Sector Coalition
The Community Sector Coalition is an umbrella network that supports the work of national voluntary organisations and the community sector. This sector is made up of small informal networks and community groups that improve quality of collective life and tackle social exclusion.
NAVCA is the national voice of local third sector infrastructure in England. We aim to ensure communities are well served by the local third sector by supporting our members and their work with over 160,000 local groups and organisations.
Local Council for Voluntary Service
Local and regional umbrella organisations that support the voluntary and community sector.
Find your local group at http://www.navca.org.uk/liodir/
Office for Civil Society
As part of the Cabinet Office, the Office for Civil Society leads work across government to support the environment for a thriving civil society (voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities, cooperatives and mutuals), enabling the sector to campaign for change, deliver public services, promote social enterprise and strengthen communities.
Skills Third Sector
Skills – Third Sector makes it easier for people in charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities.
Trustee Bank offers a free service from NCVO to advertise or view trustee vacancies. It also provides information about becoming a trustee and on recruiting trustees to your board.
Find your local volunteer centre for support and information on setting up a group through Volunteering England's Volunteer Centre Finder