Useful Links

Below are some assorted resources online that may be of use to social entrepreneurs.  Note that clicking on the headline for each section will take you to introductory paragraphs for individual links further down on the page.

Governance / Adminstration / Sector Overview


Charity related IT resources


Intellectual Property

Creative & Cultural Business Specific

Governance / Adminstration / Sector Overview

Charity Commission

The Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. It aims is to provide the best possible regulation in order to increase charities' efficiency, effectiveness, public confidence and trust by providing information and advice on what the law requires and on good practice.

Companies House

The main functions of Companies House are to incorporate and dissolve limited companies, examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation, and make this information available to the public.

Inland Revenue

Inland Revenue, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is a non-ministerial department of the British Government primarily responsible for the collection of taxes, some forms of state support, some aspects of UK frontier protection and import controls.

KnowHow Non Profit

KnowHow NonProfit - the place for nonprofit people to learn and share what they have learnt with others. Whether you work in a large charity, are setting up your own social enterprise or are helping out your local community group, this site is for you.


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) works to support the voluntary sector and to create an environment in which voluntary organisations can flourish, through lobbying and research.


GuideStar UK is a source of detailed information about almost every charity and voluntary organisation in the UK. The site provides a high profile free web presence, not just for established charities, but also for the many smaller specialist and local organisations that currently do not have websites. It will promote greater public understanding of the work of charities and how they are managed.


Locality is the UK's leading network for community-led organisations, formed  by the merger of two well-established organisations: bassac (The British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres) and the DTA (Development Trusts Association).


VolResource acts as a portal bringing together basic information and political resources for people involved in charities, voluntary or community organisations.

Do-It (volunteer positions by postcode)

Law Works (pro bono solicitors)

LawWorks is the operating name of The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG), an independent charity with a mission to support, promote and encourage a commitment to pro bono across the solicitors' profession.

Which legal structure is right for my social enterprise?

This is a very useful report put together by Morrison Foerster and Trust Law examining the different options available when setting up a social enterprise.  


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Trustfunding (sub required)

Trustfunding details all trusts included within the Directory for Social Change (DSC) and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) publications and is updated regularly throughout the year.

The site aims to provide a common point of access to Government grant funding and provides among other things a searchable database of key information on grant schemes, with downloadable application forms and guidance documents.

Directory of Social Change

The Directory of Social Change aims to be an internationally recognised independent source of information and support to voluntary and community sectors worldwide.  Free guides to training and publications are available on request.

Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation was set up in 1969 to give money to charities and voluntary organisations pursuing charitable purposes.


Futurebuilders England is a unique government-backed fund offering support and investment to third sector organisations to deliver public services.


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Charity related IT resources

JustGiving (online donation facility)

Justgiving is the UK's leading charity fundraising website. The organisation allows you to create a fundraising page on Justgiving to collect donations in support of any sponsored event or appeal.


iT4C is the leading national IT volunteering programme.

LASA (see IT Knowledge Base)

Lasa provides strategic and innovative services to support the provision of expert independent advice for all. The organisation works to secure this by promoting the development of high quality information and advice services, providing an expert resource to advice practitioners, influencing policy and stimulating good practice.

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CAN supports social entrepreneurs to scale up their businesses and maximise their social impact.



The RSA Social Entrepreneurs network hold regular events for social entrepreneurs across the country.  SSE Fellows receive discounted membership to the RSA Fellowship too!


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Intellectual Property

UK Intellectual Property Office

We are the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom (UK). These rights include:
· Patents
· Designs
· Trade marks
· Copyright

The Business and IP Centre

The Business & IP Centre, at the British Library in London, has all the business and IP (intellectual property) information you need as an innovator and entrepreneur.

Own It

Own It offers free intellectual property advice for London's creative people. 


ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organisation,  created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries.

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Creative & Cultural Business Specific


GLE provides a wide range of business support to people thinking of starting their own business and to these looking to grow their business.

Voluntary Arts Network (VAN)

VAN works with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and we provide information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector.

Cultural Industries Development Agency

Welcome to CIDA - the leading support organisation for the creative and cultural sector. We support those working in all areas of the creative and cultural industries.

Design Council

Helping businesses become more successful, public services more efficient and designers more effective. 

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