Specially developed tools and resources to help you with
your trading activity:
It's an idea, but is it a business?
WCVA's guide for those hoping to increase their funds through
trading. It covers subjects such as getting started, business
planning, the role of directors, financial monitoring and much more
besides, and is rammed with invaluable advice and
The one-stop shop for third sector groups to trade. If you have
a product or service to sell, 3to3 is the place to be
Good Guide to trading - Getting ready for enterprise
Takes you through the process of launching a successful trading
initiative from start to finish - giving lots of useful information
on the way.
Exploring new products and markets?
Consider expanding your income base by enhancing your current
products and markets, or by developing new ones. Use NCVO's tool to
explore new options for your organisation and grow ideas to
increase your financial sustainability.
Choosing the Right Legal Form
There are lots of key questions you need to ask when choosing a
legal form for your trading venture, social enterprise or trading
subsidiary. Use NCVO's tool to work through the relevant issues
such as trading purpose, ownership, governance and tax
From asking to earning: Exploring the journey of
Tells the story of seven organisations' earning experiences by
examining the critical success factors along the route.
Manual for developing social enterprises
A step-by-step guide to starting and running a social
Consider subscribing to one or more of the publications
dedicated to social enterprise. These include Social Enterprise Magazine, New Sector (the magazine of co-operatives
and community-owned businesses in the UK), New Start (dedicated to regeneration
activity), or Can-zine (an online newsletter
produced by Community Action Network).