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Transition to Trading was a programme designed to help directors and leaders of London-based children’s charities diversify their organisations’ incomes and to strengthen their leadership skills. The programme was delivered in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs through a series of group sessions in which participants learned about finance, developing business plans, and increasing sustainability. The programme helped participants to make connections and form a trusted support network of like-minded organisations.

Key benefits

  • A fully funded learning programme, to help you diversify your income and develop your leadership skills
  • An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

Programme objectives

  • Increase your understanding and confidence in managing finances for diversification
  • Develop a plan to implement new business opportunities
  • Increase skills and confidence in leading teams for diversification and sustainability
  • Develop a more entrepreneurial mind-set and strengthen your leadership skills

Who can take part?

  • You’re a CEO or director of a charity that supports children or young people
  • Your organisation will likely have been active for at least two years and its turnover is probably between £100k and £2m (please do talk to us if you don’t fit into this bracket but believe you would still benefit from the programme)
  • You are actively planning - or already trying - to diversity your income through trading