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Setting up your Organisation

If you are interested in setting up an organisation you will need to:

  1. Find trustees/directors you need a minimum of 3.  For more information on recruiting trustees go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/finding-new-trustees-cc30
  2. Decide what type of structure you would like to use.  This table may help: legal structures table and listed below is further information on the various structures available.  Have a look and see which one would suit your organisation the best.
  3. Choose a name for your organisation.  Check to ensure the name has not been already used at: https://www.gov.uk/setting-up-charity/name-your-charity or https://www.gov.uk/limited-company-formation/choose-company-name
  4. Create a governing document.  Templates for a charity can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/setting-up-a-charity-model-governing-documents  or for a private limited company or CIC go to: https://www.gov.uk/limited-company-formation/memorandum-and-articles-of-association
  5. For Companies and Charities with an expected income of over £5000 or a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. You will need to register with the Charity Commission or Companies House.  Before completing your online charity application you will need to have a clear idea of what your organisation does and the way it operates. They will also require the names (including former) of the trustees, addresses, relevant qualifications, if they are a trustee of any other charity and dates of birth. You will need to have your governing document, copy of your last accounts (if you have them) and a signed trustee declaration available as a PDF file as they must be attached to the application form at the time you submit it. follow this link for the charity commission information list and trustee declaration form http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/start-up-a-charity/registering-your-charity/apply-to-register-your-charity/ or for a Company or CIC Community Interest Company go to:  https://www.gov.uk/limited-company-formation/register-your-company
  6. If necessary register for Corporation Tax at: https://www.gov.uk/limited-company-formation/set-up-your-company-for-corporation-tax

If you are not sure and would like further help please do not hesitate to contact us fiona@ervas.org.uk or  office@ervas.org.uk