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Community Interest Companies


1. What is a Community Interest Company (CIC)?

Community Interest Companies are a type of limited company designed for people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit and not purely for the benefit of the members of the company. The CIC Regulator must approve applications to form a CIC and has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. A company cannot become a CIC if it is, or intends to be, a political party or a political campaigning organisation (or a subsidiary of either). In addition, a CIC cannot be a charity.

You can download all the relevant application forms from the CIC website. The CIC website includes comprehensive information about the benefits of forming a CIC, the tests required for approval to become a CIC and details of all the documents you may have to file including sample CIC memoranda and articles of association.

Further information can also be found in ‘The Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004’ and ‘The Community Interest Companies Regulations 2005’ (SI 2005/1788)’..

You may choose any name provided it complies with the rules on company names
referred to in this guidance. ‘ The Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004’ also includes requirements relating to the name of a community interest company. S.33 of this act specifies that:

the name of a community interest company which is not a public company must end with 'community interest company’ or ‘c.i.c’, or the Welsh equivalents, 'cwmni buddiant cymunedol cyhoeddus cyfyngedig' or ‘c.b.c.’ if the company’ registered office is situated in Wales;
the name of a community interest company which is a public company must end with ‘community interest public limited company’, or ’community interest p.l.c.' or the Welsh equivalents ‘cwmni buddiant cymunedol cyhoeddus cyfyngedig’, or
‘cwmni buddiant cymunedol c.c.c.’ if the company’s registered office is situated in Wales.
Please note you can only make an application to form a CIC on paper and there is no “Same Day” service available.

2. What are the fees to register a Community Interest Company?

Companies House collects fees on behalf of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. The fees shown are combined CIC and Companies House fees:

to register a community interest company - £35;
to register a community interest public company - £35;
to convert an existing company to a CIC - £25;
to convert an existing PLC to a community interest public company - £25;
to convert an existing CIC to community interest public company - £20;
to convert and re-register an existing company to a community interest public company - £35;
to convert a charitable company to a CIC - £25;
to convert an unincorporated charity or charitable trust, to a CIC please visit the CIC website at www.cicregulator.gov.uk;
to convert a CIC to a charitable company - £10;
to change an Industrial and Provident Society to a CIC - £35;
to change the name of a community interest company - £10.