Real Baby Milk is a project under Pollenn Community Interest Company (CIC). Pollenn CIC was born out from Real Baby Milk CIC. Changing the structure of the Company gave us the flexibility to add new but related projects.
A Community Interest Company (CIC) is an officially recognised company which reinvests its profits into its social aims. For more information about CIC’s please see Community Interest Companies
So why have we chosen to be a company rather than a charity?
Well, several reasons really – we wanted to be different to other organisations and when we started, there were not very many CICs about. We saw that business could be done differently, with the emphasis on social aims rather than making money. We enjoy the flexibility that being a company offered, which means that we can act flexibly and innovatively. We also enjoy trading and the majority of our income is from trading rather than donations or grants.
We have a Board of Directors -which sounds grand but which really means that we have a group of ‘critical friends’ who make sure that the Company is carrying out the projects for the benefit of our ‘stakeholders’ (peer supporters and the Health and Children Centre professionals who ask us to help support breastfeeding). We have two specialist directors, one of which is a Breastfeeding Counsellor and the other a qualified Teacher and Trainer. Our other Board members have accountancy and in-depth Public Service expertise. We sometimes co-opt members to help us with specific issues.
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Real Baby Milk is a Registered Trademark