About Us

Our Mission is “to equip people to be self-reliant and achieve their personal best”

The Licensed Trade Charity helps pubs, bar and brewery people when you are in need of help.  We support hundreds of people facing a crisis with practical, emotional and financial support each year.

It is estimated that around 250,000 people working in the licensed trade are in need of support at any one time and we try to reach out to as many as possible.

People who manage or work in pubs give a lot of time, energy and often compassion to their customers, but don’t necessarily gain much financial reward for this. So when a life crisis hits, it may not take much to have a devastating effect on them, and their family.

We are honest with how we can help and the charity, from our Trustee body, to our employees and volunteers, consists of people who genuinely care about making a positive difference in others’ lives. This passion for others is woven into the fabric of who we are and what we do.

The Licensed Trade Charity was first established in 1793 and we have been supporting the licensed trade since. We have established a number of commercial operations and investments that generate the income we use to fund our charitable work. We are grateful for the support of an army of fundraisers around the country who have been raising money to support our work throughout their careers in the trade and beyond.

We work closely with operators around the UK to raise awareness of the support we offer to their people and help us to reach out to more licensed trade people in need.

To see what we do, please watch our short introductory video

Our mission is to equip licensed trade workers to be self-reliant, to provide the right guidance, and if necessary offer financial support to help them get back on their feet, and on with life again. If you would like more information as to how you can raise awareness of our Licensed Trade Charity service in your organisation, email Paula Smith at: marketing@ltcharity.org.uk

Our Schools

We have been educating children from the trade since 1803 and we are proud to own and manage three independent schools today. Our mainstream school in Ascot offers day and boarding places to girls and boys aged 4 to 18. LVS Ascot is non-selective school, we take all abilities without an entrance exams, accepting enthusiastic and committed students from across the academic spectrum. The licensed trade are offered a 20% discount on school fees and we also offer a few full scholarships covering the cost of a day pupil, for gifted and talented children, visit the site to find out more.

“We are very, very proud of our children, they do exceptionally well and are happy. 94% of our students go on to university, 25% to Russell Universities”. Christine Cunniffe, School Principal.

We have two schools for young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, one based in Hassocks, West Sussex and another in Oxford. Focused on building life skills and educational achievement to give young people a greater chance of living more independently when they leave, our two schools are delivering very positive outcomes for their learners. 60% of learners were school ‘refusers’ before they joined us, but now across our secondary classes we have an attendance rate of 92%.

Providing a unique, positive education for young people with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

how the licensed trade charity supported the trade in 2019

Licensed Trade Charity Impact Report 2019