Setting up a new Group
When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it can be easy to get bogged down worrying about paperwork and formalities. Equally, it can cause problems later if you don’t put a few basic things in place to make sure your group is set up in a way that will work best for you.
This section provides advice about getting people involved in your group, deciding the purpose of your group, and agreeing a set of rules or principles that will govern your group. It provides practical information about things you may need to do, such as open a bank account and allocate roles in the group.
It also includes information about the different legal structures that a community group or organisation can use, the pros and cons of each of these, and how to set up different types of organisation.
- First steps for new groups
- Choosing a legal structure
- Writing a constitution
- Opening a bank account
- Setting up an arts project
- Setting up a social enterprise
- Getting outside help with starting a group
This sheet provides advice about choosing a bank and information about how to open an account. It also includes a list of community bank accounts.
Downloadable pdf guide to business planning for community groups and large projects.
Step by step guides to writing a business plan.
What needs to be considered when setting up a charity.
Downloadable template for writing a business plan for community groups.
Community matters downloadable pdf. basic business plan.
Business planning guide and template for Social enterprises / CIC’s downloadable pdf.