Further information

Arts Council England has published a Model Constitution for Unincorporated Associations and Model memorandum and Articles of Association for charitable arts organisations. Both are available online fr …

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London Centre for Book Arts: a case study

Simon Goode is an artist who set up his own centre and workshop dedicated to book arts in 2012. Here he charts the journey of the London Centre for Book Arts, concentrating on starting the organisatio …

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Constitutions

A constitution is simply a document laying out and explaining the governing rules and aims of an organisation. It also explains the form of the organisation and the limts of its power. This is a list …

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Unincorporated Association

An unincorporated association is a legally recognised form of organisation, and the easiest to set up. It is formed of a number of individuals – who are each responsible for their own tax arrangements …

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Co-operative

This is a popular structure for community groups, as it shares the responsibility of running the group between members who all have equal rights and shares in the organisation. A co-operative is defin …

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Partnership

Unlike a limited company, a partnership has no legal existence distinct from the partners themselves. If one of the partners resigns, dies or goes bankrupt, the partnership must be dissolved – althoug …

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Charitable incorporated organisation

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation, or CIO, is a new legal form for a charity, brought in by the 2011 Charities Act. A CIO: is an incorporated form of charity which is not a company only has to re …

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Community benefit society

Community benefit societies (BenComs) are incorporated industrial and provident societies (IPS) that conduct business for the benefit of their community. Profits are not distributed among members, or …

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Company

Companies are either limited by shares or by guarantee.  This is probably the most popular organisational setup for commercial organisations, but a company can also be set up for a social purpose …

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Charity

A charity is an organisation set up for exclusively charitable purposes, which carries out activities to achieve these purposes. A charity must be set up to help the public and not particular ind …

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