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“Company?/CIC?/co-op?”- What are the suitable legal structures used for social enterprise in NI?

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 12:00 to 14:00
OCN NI Sirius House, 10 Heron Road, Belfast BT3 9LE

This lunchtime event will explore the “pros and cons” of the most common legal structures used for social enterprise in Northern Ireland.

Join Colin Jess from Social Enterprise NI and Jenny Ebbage and Catherine Cooney from Edwards & Co. Solicitors to learn more.

David Hunter from Acceptable Enterprises will provide a Case Study exploring their Social Enterprise model and how the Company has developed particularly over the last 3 -4 years. They are a Limited Company without share capital and also a registered Charity. Within the organisation they have established seven separate ‘cost centres’ for each part of the business. Each business activity has to ‘wash its own face’. They have contracts and SLA’S with many blue chip companies and are an ISO 9001 accredited company.

We will also hear from Tiziana O’Hara . Tiziana is one of the founder members of Co-operative Alternatives and believes in democratic enterprises which are socially and environmentally minded. Tiziana has been involved in the development of new co-operatives and community benefit societies in Northern Ireland and delivered an innovative programme promoting “community shares” – a specific tool used by co-ops to raise capital to, for instance, acquire buildings or build wind turbines. Tiziana has a strong passion for community ownership and believes that co-operatives are an exciting vehicle to bring cohesion, engagement and commitment in a community. 

To register please email rachel@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.