The Book Trade Charity

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) was established in 1837 to help those in need within the Book Trade. Over 180 years later we are still helping both through our Grants and Housing provision.

We are able to offer help to people who have worked in the Book Trade for over 12 months with grants for retraining, living with a disability, medical need and many other issues which people might find themselves facing because of redundancy, sickness or other life events. We also welcome former and current Book Trade members to live at The Retreat – comprising a range of accommodation for up to 40 people; we work on the principle that age, health or financial means shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving an enjoyable quality of life. 

Since merging with Bookbinders Charitable Society in 2016 we have been able to help an even wider range of people, with more housing at Whetstone London N20, where we also offer affordable accommodation to young people entering the book trade – the initial six bedsits filled immediately, but there are still three one-bed flats available at subsidised rents.  Our Interns Support grants, and financial assistance through our ‘Entry in to the Book Trade’ initiative have already assisted many young people into entry level posts and internships.

Contact David Hicks. or see our websites: and http://booktradeentrysupport.o…