Yoga provider becomes first Northern Ireland community interest company

An organisation specialising in yoga-based personal development training has become the first community interest company to be registered in Northern Ireland.

Skills for Life runs its training sessions in what it describes as “a range of community, educational and work settings”. In order to become a CIC, a company has to satisfy a community interest test, which stipulates that it must pursue activities that benefit a wider community than just its members.

Geoffrey Wright, founder of the learning centre, said becoming a registered CIC meant the organisation provided the “ideal mechanism to facilitate the passing on of life skills”.

Sara Burgess, the Community Interest Company Regulator, said: “CICs continue to go from strength to strength, putting the community at the heart of what they do, delivering services in areas such as health, housing, transport and education.”

Noel Lavery, deputy secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, said: “The CIC is a valuable addition to the menu of legal choices facing social economy enterprises, and I would expect to see more entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland choosing this new model to make a positive difference in their communities.”

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