Community Interest Company (CIC)

What is a CIC?

A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a new type of company introduced by the United Kingdom government in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.

At Been Busy we want to benefit the community by offering the chance to learn a new crafting skill such as knitting, sewing, crocheting and welcome feedback on any other relevant suggestions. We can offer these services through a tutor led environment or on a more informal one to one basis. We are also promoting informal drop in sessions for people in the community to join us.

Our aim is to create a “kitchen table” experience where people gather and feel comfortable in their surroundings.

Within this structure there is also the opportunity for crafters to offer their services to run classes or workshops and for themselves to learn or develop their own teaching skills.

 Beyond the local community we support local, national and international projects that can benefit from our skills. One example of this is a sewing project helping a charity out in Kenya. Full details on

As a retail shop space Been Busy allows people to sell their handmade items at a permanent location, rather than attendance at craft fairs and leaves the crafters free to engage in other activities, which may include more time to create new items.

A really important benefit is that Silsden has a local shop selling locally made items which increases diversity on the high street.

Minutes from any meetings of the CIC can be found under this section and also by clicking on the link here.

August 2017 Update

As we have reported elsewhere on this site the Been Busy shop is no longer connected to the premises on Kirkgate in Silsden. However, Been Busy still exists and will continue to follow the ethos that it promoted from the outset. Our web site will be updated with any relevant news as always, as will our social media sites.