Legal structures and governance for co-operatives

Watch this free online webinar to help you understand the different legal structures available to new community enterprises or co-operatives.

What will you learn?

  • Overview of the different legal forms available. These include companies limited by guarantee; companies limited by shares; co-operative societies; and community interest companies
  • Introduction to the organisational types and their suitability for different types of start-up. These include co-operatives that are owned by the workers (e.g. Suma and Unicorn Grocery), those that are community owned (e.g. The Bell Inn and Portpatrick Harbour) and those owned by customers (e.g. The Co-op Group). See chapter six of Simpy Legal for more information
  • Overview to setting up a co-operative, including governing documents, roles and responsibilities and key policies and procedures

Then, list to the live Q&A session, delivered by Linda Barlow, Co-operative Governance Advisor in the Advice Team at Co‑operatives UK. Linda provides specialist advice to co-operatives and organisations in the wider social economy on their legal structures and corporate governance arrangements. Linda recently updated Co‑operatives UK’s acclaimed publication Simply Legal, which provides easily accessible information on legal structures and governance.

The webinar is delivered by Co-operatives UK in partnership with the £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

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