Starting Up

BPE has built a reputation for working with start up businesses and supporting them throughout their growth. From deciding whether to be a limited company or a sole trader to recruiting the right staff for your business and making sure your business is fully protected, we can help.

Setting up a charity or social enterprise

Setting up a charity or social enterprise

Business Structure

The internal structure of a charity may look similar to other businesses, but the legal structure is completely different. The governing documents of a charity are wholly different to any other form of organisation. The charity should be run by a board of trustees who owe obligations to the Charities Commission and the charity members.

Every charity has to demonstrate it provides a benefit to the public. It will also have to meet fundraising regulations, and ensure that any activities fall within the scope of the charity's objectives.

We can support you right from the beginning of a charity's life cycle (advising on the setting up and registration of new charitable organisations) onwards.

The Complete Package

We provide charities and social enterprises with the "complete package", which includes advising on employment law, property law, commercial law (such as intellectual property and commercial contracts, sponsorship agreements and trading terms and conditions) and trusts, with a strong appreciation of charity law.