Measuring the total volume of VCSE organisations is a big challenge. This is because many organisations operate without a constitution or any formal registering process. This means they do not appear on any formal register like Companies House or the Charity Commission – in this respect these organisations operate Below the Radar (BTR) and are hard to accurately count.
NCVO research conducted by Southamton University indicates that there will be around 3.66 BTR orgs per 1000 people. Based on a Gloucestershire population of 633,558 we estimate that there are 2316 BTR organisations.