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The Book Trade Charity changes lives – literally overnight. It offers practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who works or has worked in the Book Trade, as well as their dependants
We offer practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who works or has worked in the Book Trade. We provide assistance to some 200 people each year, covering a wide range of issues and problems that may be personal, financial or work-related.




Friday  4th  – 12 – 5pm  

Saturday 5th – 10am – 2pm  

September 26th/27th
November 28th/29th

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The Retreat

The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) was established in 1837 to help those in need within the Book Trade.  Over 175 years later we are still helping those in need both through our Grants and Housing

The Retreat

We are able to offer help to you if you have worked in the Book Trade for over 12 months with grants for retraining, living with a disability, medical need and many other needs which those who have worked in the industry might find themselves facing because of redundancy, sickness or other life events.

We also welcome former Book Trade Members to The Retreat – comprising 18 bungalows, 4 new town-houses,  4 flats, and the original 7 almshouses plus gatehouse, we work on the principle that age, health or financial means shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving an enjoyable quality of life.  We welcome applications from eligible people who may be interested in our occasional vacancies.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Retreat or perhaps making a visit, then contact David Hicks.





Our Latest News

Run by Suzanne Collier a veteran of the trade and founder of, Job Club has successfully found work for over 40 people in the last 15 months. Offering mentoring, advice and support, Job Club inspires people to achieve their potential via up-to-date skills aiming to get them back in the job market. More

Suzanne Collier