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This one day interactive training course will give you guidance on legal entities/structures for trading permitted by the Localism Act (companies, co-operative societies) including relationships with principal authority's trading arm.

Course outline:

  • Relevant company law.
  • The processes required for setting up a legal entity and making it work including:
  • Financial Management and the relationship between company accounts/profits/losses and the council's human resource management including staff who work for both council and company.
  • The risks involved and ways of mitigating the risks
  • How to sell the idea to members and the community and avoid damage to other interests in the community


1000 - 1500*

*This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

 About the trainer:

Roger Taylor is the Senior Partner of Hedleys Solicitors, a firm based in Surrey which has an extensive practice dealing with Parish and Town Councils in England. He lectures on subjects such as Common Land, Village Greens and Charitable Trusts for the SLCC and on other matters relating to the practice and procedure of Parish and Town Councils for a number of County Associations.


“The training was really useful in sorting out questions I’d had about some of our new devolved services. The informal and easy discussions on the day raised more matters that I hadn’t even considered might be questioned to be trading. All questions raised were answered comprehensively by Roger Taylor – clearly an expert in the field. Good advice was delivered with humour and clarity making the day informative and worthwhile. It’s good to know now the benefits and pitfalls of setting up a community interest company (CIC) and the safeguards to put in place. Thank you!"
Louise Dowe, St Ives Town Council 

In Cornwall there is a move for increased devolution to Town and Parish Councils; we have to ensure we have the capacity for that. This Course provides invaluable pointers about how Councils can set up arrangements to trade, and most importantly not get caught out by acting beyond their powers, or by not having the correct procedures in place around liability, VAT, employees etc. Roger’s presentation style is engaging and the interactive nature of the training means that local and pertinent issues can be explored and advised upon. Thoroughly recommend you attend to ensure your Council is acting properly.
Mark Williams, Falmouth Town Clerk. 

 Delegate Fees:

If your Clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.

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*Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

It is advised you wait until this time before booking your travel arrangements. At a similar time you will be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course.  It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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