Find answers to commonly raised questions about ESSENCE membership, our policies and terms & conditions.

FAQs about ESSENCE of Exeter CIC membership

ESSENCE of Exeter CIC is a membership network for individuals and organisations that provide their goods/services in the Exeter area and show a strong commitment to being or becoming socially enterprising. ESSENCE of Exeter is a Community Interest Company and as such, has two types of membership:

ESSENCE of Exeter CIC is a membership network for individuals and organisations that provide their goods/services in the Exeter area and show a strong commitment to being or becoming socially enterprising. ESSENCE of Exeter is a Community Interest Company and as such, has two types of membership:

Company Members are members whose legal entity and business model implies they are a social enterprise. Company members have the right to vote on Board members and key policies at the AGM and hold a liability/are a guarantor to the limit of £1. Eligibility for Company membership is based on answers to the following three questions:

  1. Does the applicant have a primary social or environmental purpose/mission?
  2. Do they generate the majority of their income from the (commercial) selling of goods/services to more than one client?
  3. What happens with the organisation’s profits? Do they get reinvested into the organisation? Donated to a charitable cause? Shared amongst management/employees/shareholders? Not an organisation that fits these criteria (yet)? Or are you an individual keen to support

Network Members are members who support ESSENCE’s mission, but whose legal entity does not imply they are a social enterprise. Network members get to enjoy all the benefits of an ESSENCE membership, but do not have the right to vote, nor the liability as a guarantor.

Want to know more? Read the membership policy on our website.

Whether you apply as an organisation or an individual, the yearly contribution as a member of ESSENCE is based on last year’s turnover (in case of applying as an organization) respectively last year’s income (in case of applying as an individual):
 
Turnover/income up to £10k: £35
Turnover/income between £10k and £50k: £50 
Turnover/income between £50k and £100k: £65
Turnover/income between £100k and £500k: £80

Turnover/income between £500k and £1m: £100
Turnover/income between £1m and £5m: £150
Turnover/income over £5m: £250
Of course, you are always welcome to pay more as a donation to furthering ESSENCE’s goals.

1. Free access to network events, business support events & monthly informal meetups
2. Free exposure on the ESSENCE website, events, newsletter & social media
3. Access to Exeter Chamber events at Chamber member prices
4.Lots of member-to-member offers including free use of office desks, meeting rooms etc
5. A say in the running of the Network (Company members only)
Each membership runs from 1st December to 30 November. Signups after 1st June get 50% discount on request. In the autumn you will receive an email with the reminder your membership is coming up for renewal. If you don’t contact us before 15th November to tell us otherwise, we will continue your support and you will be liable for the next year’s membership fee.
In the autumn you will receive an email with the reminder your membership is coming up for renewal. If you don’t tell us otherwise, we will send you an invoice based on last year’s details.
If you decide to stop your membership, you will have to let us know (by sending an email to besocial@essenceofexeter.org.uk) before 15th November. Rest assured we will also send you an email prior to this date so you have the chance to opt out, if that is what you want.
ESSENCE of Exeter complies to the general data protection rules guidelines. In our case you have opted in yourself on our website to get our newsletter, and/or we have asked your explicit consent to keep your personal details when signing up as a member in ‘the Cloud’.
We use Mailchimp for our newsletter and have a Google Drive which holds addition information. If you are not comfortable with this, do let us know.

Please click here for details of our membership policy.

Please click here for our GDPR policy.

Please click here for our terms and conditions.