New Social Enterprise


Geof Cox Associates frequently help social entrepreneurs or community groups develop the right organisational structure.  Because there are always risks associated with trading, for social enterprise this usually means 'incorporating' existing work in a company or other formal 'limited liability' structure.

Current and recent work includes:

 

Lippy Diagram


  • Development of a unique organisational structure for Lippy People - a social enterprise off-shoot of Lippy Films- to express its complex stakeholder arrangements. It is a Share Community Interest Company with 3 classes of shares:

Stewardship Shares – for Lippy Films and other key founders, which are primarily focussed on safeguarding the fundamental aims and structure of Lippy People, and which carry votes but not dividends.

Partnership Shares – for staff and associates, which carry both votes and dividends and are primarily a means of involving key contributors in ownership and control

Investment shares – which carry preferential dividends but not (normally) votes, and are basically a very flexible investment mechanism.

 

  • Establishing a Guarantee Community Interest Company for Hola UK - the magazine of the Latin community in the United Kingdom. Featuring content in Spanish and English, Hola UKaims to both link Spanish-speaking community groups and assist native English speakers with an interest in Spanish and Latin American language and culture. It features listings of local Latin dance and other cultural events, language classes and tutors, restaurants, and so on. Profits from the magazine are used to provide help and advice for people suffering discrimination or other disadvantages in the Latin community in the UK.
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  • A number of structures for arts organisations, such as companies for The Paper Birds - a womens' theatre company focussing on the live nature of the theatrical experience - and Figment Theatre, a touring company that explores new ways to use theatre as a tool for social change.


  • Martin Harrison was an experienced cabinet maker who had run production units for large companies, taught woodwork at his local college, and started his own joinery business, when he found he was losing the use of his left arm. It took him a year to discover and come to terms with the fact that he had a form of motor neurone disease, and would in all likelihood gradually lose the use of all his limbs.

Then he acted. He needed to change his business model from custom jobs to simple processes he could train others to do, and hand over first the physical work and eventually the operation of the whole business to others. In the circumstances, a social firm model creating employment for other people with disabilities seemed appropriate. Geof Cox worked with Martin to develop the right business and organisational models, and establish the B-Spoke Eco Storage guarantee company.