Bland hits out over lack of cash for CIC promotion

Jonathan Bland, chief executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition, has criticised the Government for not providing the Regulator of Community Interest Companies with enough resources to increase awareness of CICs.

Bland said it was "absolutely shameful" that the CIC regulator had a budget of only £10,000 to promote the CIC structure, which was established in 2005.

"All that work, all that money spent on the regulation - and now they don't have a marketing budget," he said. "When we brought together some of the CICs that have been created, they said the biggest issue they have is that nobody knows what they are and they have to spend all their time explaining what they do."

Bland also said it had been a struggle to persuade the Conservatives to recognise the social enterprise movement as a business initiative, not an offshoot of philanthropy.

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