Stepdaughter’s Diagnosis Sees Businessman Launch Cystic Fibrosis Charity

As well as helping to form limited companies, we also help charities and not-for-profit organisations startup. Cystic Fibrosis Research UK is a recently launched not-for-profit organisation devoted to raising funds for research into cystic fibrosis. This hereditary and debilitating disease that is caused by a faulty gene affects over 10,000 people in the UK and …

Are Free Company Formations Really Free?

We recently saw that one of the national accountancy firms are charging their customers £125 + VAT to form a limited company. They justify this on their website by stating that: cheap online formations often don’t provide any telephone support, so if you do get stuck who is going to help you? We have even …

New Changes to Charity Gift Aid Rules

On the 3rd of July 2013 the Government announced reforms to the Gift Aid rules. Gift Aid is a way for charities to claim back the tax on donations made by eligible donors. Though the Treasury reported that “last year over £1 billion was paid to charities through Gift Aid,” charities still need more help. …

Charitable Incorporated Organisations: Another Option for New Charities

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a new way to set up a charity. CIOs were first proposed as part of the Companies Act 2006 but, the final regulations were only passed at the end of last year and the first CIO registrations took place in January this year. The traditional way to set up …

Obstacles To Growth For Social Enterprises

The Social Enterprise Coalition have published research (‘Growing social enterprise: research into social replication’) showing that a number of Social Enterprises are struggling to expand and grow due to restrictions including financing issues. Social Enterprises often seek to expand into other locations or sectors by use of franchising or “replicating” – but investors are concerned …

Trustees’ Week – Celebrating Unsung Charity Heroes

This week (25th-31st October 2010) sees the inception of the annual Trustees’ Week; celebrating the unsung heroes of the charities within the UK. The Charity Commission is working together with a number of other bodies to promote and applaud the valuable work that trustees do – taking time out of their lives to volunteer, work …

Charity Commission Plans To Be Completely Online By 2012

The Charity Commission, the body responsible for registering of charities within the UK yesterday announced that it plans to make its services entirely online by 2012. With recent cuts in Government spending and reductions of budgets many bodies such as the Charity Commision, HM Revenue & Customs and Companies House are moving more and more …

How To Start a Charity

There are now over 180,000 charities in the UK, with a total income of more than £52 billion. For those people with charitable interests in mind, looking for information on how to start a charity, there are a number of things to be aware of and take into consideration before getting started. How to get …

Registering a Charity

Registering a charity in the UK necessarily involves compliance with the Charities Act 2006 and the Companies Act 2006. This is due to the current overlap in law means that charities are governed by both. At some point this year, this is due to change with the implementation of a new charitable form known as …