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Community benefit societies and community interest companies

Find out more about community benefit societies (BenComs) and community interest companies (CICs) with our collection of helpsheets, model documents, books and links.

Technical helpsheets

Model documents

Community interest companies: model constitutions
The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies has provided these bespoke model constitutions for use when forming or converting to a CIC, with memorandum of association and articles of association templates.

The ICAEW Library holds checklists, engagement letters and other model documents. Copies of these can be supplied subject to copyright law and licences agreements - see our document delivery service for further details. 

To request model documents from the Library, please call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email library@icaew.com

Company data

We can provide data on Community Interest Companies using the FAME financial database. FAME can identify CICs in a particular sector and location, obtain company reports, create mailing lists or generate comparative lists of companies that you can use to benchmark an organisation.

We provide FAME reports free of charge to ICAEW members and ACA students. This service is not available to members of the public.

Please visit our Company research pages to order reports, profiles or mailing lists.


Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
Full text of the Act, which replaces the ‘industrial and provident society’ legal form with two new legal forms: co-operative society and community benefit society. The Act consolidates previous legislation relating to industrial and provident societies including the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968 and Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2003.

Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004
Full text of the Act, which created the community interest company as a legal form in the UK.

Articles and books in the ICAEW Library collection

The collection of the ICAEW Library & Information Service includes a range of articles, books and reports on BenComs and CICs. Use the links below to see what we have available to request in our Library catalogue (Libcat).

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to borrowing books.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports through our document supply service.

External resources - GOV.UK guidance

External resources - Organisations

External resources - Guides and publications

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