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Trustees’ Duties in Academies & Free Schools

2016-11-21T17:42:23+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Academies & Free Schools, Governance|

Trustees’ Duties in Academies & Free Schools ‘The landscape of schooling in England has been transformed over the last five years. Academy sponsorship has encouraged and facilitated the contribution of individuals not previously involved in education provision and laid down a challenge to maintained schools to improve or face replacement by the insurgent academy model’- [...]

Directors’ Duties Under the Spotlight

2016-11-21T17:42:24+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Governance|

Directors’ Duties Under the Spotlight “Statutory directors are on duty, responsible and liable twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.. Being a director is not just about what happens around the boardroom table. There is serious work to be done..” – Bob Garratt, The Fish Rots from the Head. Directors of limited companies and [...]

Community Interest Company & Community Shares?

2016-11-21T17:42:24+00:00 July 24th, 2015|Funding, Social Finance|

Can a Community Interest Company Issue Community Shares? With growing appetite for socially motivated investment and community share offers, is it time to level the playing field for CICs? Community and social enterprises are booming. According to government data, there are now 70,000 social enterprises in the UK contributing £18.5bn to the UK economy and [...]

Community Share Offers

2016-11-21T17:42:25+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Funding|

A new way to raise capital from local citizens to kick start funding for public services and infrastructure? With continuing austerity measures in local authority and NHS budgets, local communities are seeking innovative ways to protect local services and infrastructure as the state decommissions services or withdraws grant funding. Politicians are increasingly having to shift [...]

The Rights and Responsibilities of Members

2016-11-21T17:42:25+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Governance|

What is the Role of Members in Ensuring Good Governance? In a limited liability corporation, as well as unincorporated associations, the members can play an important constitutional role, acting as a check and balance on the powers of the board. Unfortunately, the rights and responsibilities of members are often misunderstood. In our work with companies, [...]

How Can the Board Develop an Effective Approach to Risk Management?

2016-11-21T17:42:26+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Governance|

Does Your Board Have an Effective Approach to Risk Management? Risk management is a key component of sound corporate governance. There has been a popular view in the past that risk management was a brake on progress: a discipline inhabited by clip-board clutching box tickers intent on stifling entrepreneurial innovation. Not any more – for [...]

Late Payment of Invoices – Are You Claiming Your Full Entitlement?

2016-11-21T17:42:26+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Contracts|

Good cash flow management is essential to any business. Used wisely, Late Payment legislation can help you with cash flow management. Late Payment legislation was introduced in 1998 to encourage a culture of prompt payment. Evidence suggests that late payments are a major continuing problem. A survey by the Federation of Small Business in March [...]

The Pivotal Role of the Chair in Ensuring Good Governance

2016-11-21T17:42:26+00:00 June 3rd, 2015|Governance|

How can the Chair perform the role effectively to maintain accountability and high performance from the Board? Last time we considered the conditions for a high performance board. A critical player in making the Board effective is the Chair. He or she has a crucial role to play both inside and outside the boardroom. The [...]

How to Create a High Performance Board

2016-11-21T17:42:26+00:00 May 28th, 2015|Governance|

How can you put in place the right systems, structures and processes to ensure that your Board drives success? Any organisation, whether in the private, third sector or public sector is only as good as the people who lead it. Board members have a vital responsibility to define the vision and mission of the organisation, [...]

What Makes a Successful Joint Venture?

2016-11-21T17:42:27+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Governance, Joint Ventures|

Joint ventures can be a useful route to combine resources and skills, to secure greater market power or better access to markets for SMEs, charities and social enterprises. A new corporate entity can be used to ring-fence more risky trading activities or to develop a distinct brand or business culture outside the strictures of the [...]