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The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies decides whether an organisation is eligible to become, or continue to be, a community interest company (CIC). It is responsible for investigating complaints - taking action if necessary - and it provides guidance and assistance to help people set up CICs.

Who we are

The Regulator of Community Interest Companies (CICs) works part-time and is supported by 6 members of staff from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. We are based in Companies House, Cardiff.


We are responsible for:

  • considering whether applications meet the criteria to become a CIC
  • informing the registrar in Companies House of successful applications, so they can issue a certificate of incorporation as a CIC
  • encouraging the use of CICs for suitable enterprises
  • providing guidance to enable CICs to be formed and regulated
  • “light touch” regulation of CICs, with the minimum of interference

Read about the status, role and function of the Regulator of CICs.

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