The C.I.C. (Community Interest Company) was set up to be as lean and mean as is possible, limited by guarantee with a small membership. In our case with three director/members with differing skills from three sectors of our Community. Currently serving are:
Michael has extensive experience in running charities and non-profits in Europe and the USA. In 2005, he founded the first CIC in Powys (only the second in Wales) - The Department of Enjoyment.org - the legal structure behind David Eveleigh's legendary Hay-on-Fire. He went on to set-up the charitable and non-profit legal structures for Hay2Timbuktu, Jump4Timbuktu and Tuareg Relief for the twinning between Hay on Wye and Timbuktu.
Public Libraries Transform Lives™ and we challenge the State’s current status quo to abrogate from their responsibility to provide Free Public Libraries as a fundamental building block of our Welfare System. We believe in challenging the status quo and we reach out to all those who share our belief to join us - that means you!
We challenge the status quo by partnering with the State and innovating the very concept of the Public Library so it becomes a pivotal link between members of our community and their collective search for knowledge, and connectivity. Our Public Library needs also to be re-invented and recognised as the primary local interface between our Community and the State.
The driving force behind the Hay Public Library.org CIC's activities has to do with community ownership: ownership by the community which is raising money from its own pockets to attain five years of security for our Library; ownership of the activities we collectively innovate in re-inventing the modern Library; and ownership of the administrative relationship between the State and the Community - where the first physical port of call for both parties becomes our Public Library.
It is a community company regulated by Companies House with a commitment to social change and with locked assets. Specifically it has no shareholders to benefit from profit-making, and in our case, it's director/members work for free. It's purpose is to provide resources for community activities, organisations and groups. Any assets held on the winding up of such a company, must be gifted either to a Charity or another C.I.C.
History: - The need to formalise the community organisation structure came from the NVCO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) in London in the late 1980s. The problem they had was how to create an organisation owned by a Charity which could be permitted to ‘trade’. Up until then Charities were trading illegally. Mike Eccles, one of our directors, was informally part of the discussion, led by Lindsay Driscol, then Head of the NVCO Legal Department. Mrs Driscol went on to write the legislation for the Charity version of the C.I.C. (the C.I.O.) and was later appointed as a Charities Commissioner. The success of the C.I.O. was in part the driver which eventually resulted in the C.I.C. company structure being rolled out for non-charity community organisations in 2005. [ It took 27 years to materialise, however by 2017/18 14,000 companies were registered as CICs, and the numbers are growing ].