Charity Registration and Advice

A low cost, friendly service for CIC and charity registration, including free advice and do it yourself guides on how to register with the Charity Commission, and the CIC Regulator. 

You get service from an expert, not a salesperson.  I make charity registration very easy for you, plus you have 7 day a week support, on every aspect of starting a charity, including fundraising, with access to an online resource base.   

Contact me for no obligation, free advice on 07595 371 444, or e mail me at for my infographic that gives you everything at a glance.

 “Ian’s guidance and support throughout the application process has been phenomenal. He has gone above and beyond his line of duty and is there to hold your hand and explain what the Charity Commissioners are looking for in setting up a charity. His experience is second to none, and his calm and helpful manner keeps you motivated and engaged. He made the process so simple and it wasn’t long before we received our registration". 

Sirwa Sabir, Founder, Hommie


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I was a founding director of a National Skills Academy and the Aylesbury Vale Community Trust (AVCT), and have set-up and/or chaired board Finance & Audit, Governance and Training & Development Committees. 

I've now been chair of AVCT for a number of years, am also a founding trustee of  the Campaign To Ban Trophy Hunting, a board mentor for the Small Charities Coalition and a charity adviser for the Foundation for Social Improvement.  I'm also the founder of the free Charity Excellence Framework online toolkit.  

I hold an MSc (Corporate Management), and professional qualifications in finance and accounting, and fundraising. 

Full details of my experience, endorsements and recommendations are in my LinkedIn profile.

I set up this separate charity registration service to support charities, with 100% of the income earned used to help fund the online toolkit.  

"Ian is supportive, innovative and always there for any help needed for the charity sector! I am grateful for his support and guidance."  

Lenna Lou, Mentee


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Charity Commission registration can appear very complicated, but it doesn't have to be.  This short video (3 mins) will help you to identify the best choice for you by explaining the most common options.  Alternatively, my infographic shows you this at a glance, with links to my online guides.

One guide lists all the options, with more advice on each, and another is an unregistered charity toolkit (unincorporated association).  There are also my do-it-yourself practical guides on Charity Commission registration and HMRC charity registration, to claim charity tax relief.  There's a guide to opening a free charity bank account and others on the various types of charity tax relief and how to claim the different kinds of  Gift Aid

Each guide contains all the links to online portals, model documents and guidance you need to do everything yourself, at no cost. 

Then contact me on 07595 371 444 for a free advice call, with no sales pressure.  I'll help you to decide what would be best for you - an unincorporated association, charitable company, Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO), charitable trust or a CIC social enterprise. 

To register your charity, I can make it very easy, by doing it for you, or I can provide advice and resources, if you do it yourselfI also help with CIC registration and charity registration with HMRC.   

‘Ian very kindly responded with extremely useful information on setting up a charity.  Ian’s help and guidance has made me even more enthused and I cannot thank him enough for his time and assistance. His breadth of knowledge is extensive and to share this with others is proof of his generosity’  Emmerson Wood, Founder


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Unlike other providers, I don't simply submit your charity registration, then invoice you.  

The Commission almost always come back with a  series of queries.  I draft responses for these and any follow-up questions. 

Equally, nobody can guarantee your initial registration application will be approved.  As long as you’d provided all relevant information, I would submit your application for an internal review and/or external Tribunal Appeal. 

I'm also the only provider that offers support in every area, including policies for your Charity Commission registration, support for your HMRC registration to claim Gift Aid, ongoing advice on all aspects of making your charity a success and access to an online resource base of policies, tools and guides, including how to fundraise successfully - find out more here.    

My fee covers all of the above and, except for the deposit, you only pay once the registration process is complete.  

Contact me for advice, without any sales pressure, on 07595 371 444, or

"The service you provide is beyond any cost. You are helping people to make their vision a reality". Priyesh Katariya, Founder     


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Charity Registration Service - I provide a low cost, friendly service and, unlike other providers, charge a flat fee of £699 for everything, without additional costs for resources, VAT, appeals etc. There is a £300 non-refundable deposit, but you only pay the balance, once the registration process is complete.  

Other Registrations - to also register a charitable company with Companies House, it's £50, plus the £12 filing fee.  

To register a CIC social enterprise the total cost is £149, plus the £27 filing fee.  

HMRC charity registration is £149, or £99 for charity registration clients.

'Thank you Ian: we really couldn't have done it without you!'  Phoebe Jervis, Founder, Suicide & Co  


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I provide advice on all aspects of running a successful charity and resources, such as policies, toolkits and funder lists.  The annual cost is £249, or for charity registration clients, the 1st year's cost is £99.    

If you are in the process of your CIC or charity registration application, I can provide additional support at £80 an hour.  Policies, funding, fundraising tools or other resources are provided at no additional cost.

Reviewing your application before submission, or drafting your response to the often lengthy Charity Commission follow-up queries usually takes a couple of hours. 

'The advice Ian gave me on our initial call was worth its weight in gold. Not only for suggestions on how to minimise our tax bills, but also on avenues of generating additional income that I hadn't been aware of. He went above and beyond what was required and made a frustrating start up smooth and easy. I cannot recommend his services enough.'  Queenie Kristensen, Founder

The questions are phrased brilliantly - challenging how we prioritise our management time." Ecosystems Knowledge Network

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