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The CIC view: a memorandum of understanding

18 January 2011

The Community Interest Company (CIC) Regulator and the CIC Association have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the first time. Chrisanthi Giotis asks Sara Burgess, CIC regulator, and John Mulkerrin, co-founder of the CIC Association, why it has come about and what it plans to achieve

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