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Governance and Legal Structures

Mark Simmonds delivering a legal & governance workshopDelivered by Co-operatives UK, Making Local Food Work can help your enterprise with all you need to know about governance and legal structures, from selecting the right one to start with to making sure your governing body is compliant with regard to its legal duties. We can help you if:

  • You’re just starting out and need to talk through all the possible legal structures;
  • You want to review or change your structure;
  • Your AGM is looming and you don’t know what you need to do;
  • You need advice on something that’s gone wrong with the internal systems in your enterprise;
  • You have any questions about your governing body;
  • You just need some help and don’t know where to start!


We have a dedicated resources section for legal and governance issues available online at www.uk.coop/simplyseries


We're her to help – give Mark Simmonds a call on 0161 214 1774 or 0788 157 1523; alternatively you can email us at mlfw@uk.coop.

Simply Legal workshops

Haltwhistle, 16th July 2013

Hebden Bridge, 31 July 2013

The training workshop is suitable for the following: those advising, working with or participating in any community enterprise or co-operative organisation.  It particularly focuses on the choice of legal and organisational structure.

The morning session uses presentation and case studies as a catalyst for group discussion and concentrates on: 

  • Incorporation - What, Why and When?
  • The different legal forms used by community food enterprises:
    • Unincorporated associations.
    • Companies.
    • Community Interest Companies.
    • Societies.
  • The different organisational types used by community food enterprises:
    • Co-operatives.
    • Social Enterprise.
    • Community enterprise.
    • Voluntary groups.

The afternoon session reinforces the morning session with a practical workshop in which the participants choose the most appropriate legal form and organisational type for a community food enterprise.  This is done using:

  • a paper-based select-a-structure exercise; and a
  • web-based select-a-structure tool - newly revamped for this course.
Participants will also receive a copy of

Simply Legal, Co-operative UK's comprehensive guide to the legal and organisational structures of third sector organisations.




Guides and on-line tools to help your community food enterprise

Co-operatives UK has created useful on-line resources and extended its range of Simply Guides, which now includes:

Simply Legal

Simply Finance

Simply Governance

Simply Start-up

From Conflict to Co-operation cartoon guides

These guides can be downloaded and the on-line tools accessed from:


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