Trading is concerned with selling goods or services on the open market to generate income.

TradingAs more and more voluntary and community organisations are seeking to diversify their income streams to achieve financial sustainability, income from trading is on the increase.The third sector now sells goods and services to the public worth £6.6 billion each year*. 

Trading can generate valuable unrestricted, independent income and a real means of supporting organisational autonomy and growth. There are several ways in which trading can be used to generate income:

  • Selling goods and services on the open market - for example training courses, room hire, equipment or consultancy work
  • Charging beneficiaries and service users
  • Developing trading arms - for example, charity shops 

In this section you can find out about getting involved in trading and if trading is an option for your organisation. You can also explore practical tools and resources to help develop your trading ideas. 

For advice and guidance on trading contact WCVA's funding advice team or your local county voluntary council.  

(* Source: The UK Civil Society Almanac 2012, NCVO)