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Community Interest Companies

Motiv CIC

Welcome to the CIC Regulator's website.

Bewdley Development Trust CIC

To give a flavour of the good work Community Interest Companies (CICs) are carrying out around the UK, we have published a selection of case studies on this site.

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Sara Burgess, CIC Regulator

Message from the Regulator to newly formed CICs

Well done on your successful registration as a community interest company (CIC). I continue to be delighted at the growth in community interest companies.

I would like to pass on sincere congratulations to all of the CICs that have registered in the last month.

Sara Burgess, CIC Regulator

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Community Interest Company register

The Community Interest Company (CIC) register offers a searchable CIC names index which enables you to search as to a whether a CIC is registered at Companies House. A search can be carried out by using the A-Z at the top of the CIC register page.

From 1st May 2012 the Regulator will no longer be providing a list of registered CIC's on the public register.  This information is sourced from the Registrar of Companies and it has been agreed that in the interests of clarity and improved search facility that customers will be redirected to the Companies House Webcheck service.  A direct link will be provided at that time.

Companies House WebCheck

Companies House WebCheck service

The WebCHeck service offers a searchable company names and address index free of charge which enables you to search for information on over 2 million companies.

The searches can be carried out on a company either by using its name or by using its unique company registration number.

Community Interest Companies

Community Interest Companies (CICS) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.

This is achieved by a "community interest test" and "asset lock", which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. 


Appeal and complaint procedures

Sara Burgess, CIC Regulator has a clear mission to regulate and to raise awareness of the CIC model throughout the UK.

The Regulator wants to ensure that they are recognised and trusted by society for serving our communities with integrity and excellence and for this has published appeal and complaint guides.