Legal Structure

Choosing the right legal structure can be confusing, as your strategic aims should influence your decision. Completion of your business plan will help you to identify the most appropriate legal structure for your business.

What you need to think about…

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Social enterprise is not a legal structure, it is a term that describes a business that trades primarily for a social and/or environmental purpose, or for the good of the community – or specific groups within the community.

A list of legal structures relevant to social enterprise can be found here:

If you would like more information regarding the Community Interest Companies (CIC) legal structure please see details from