The Big Lemon is a Community Interest Company (CIC).
CICs are registered companies with special additional features, created for people who want to conduct a business for community benefit, and not purely for profit. This is achieved by a “community interest test”, an “asset lock”, and a “dividend cap”. These ensure that the company is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. CICs are regulated by the CIC Regulator.
Community is a big part of life at The Big Lemon. We are owned and run by members of the community and actively encourage members of the community to buy shares in the company. We regularly get out and about to talk to members of the community and host public meetings where people can come and discuss their thoughts, ideas and concerns with us and other members of the community.
In the past, we worked with students at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy to collect waste cooking oil from home and recycle it into biodiesel for use on the buses.