Retail Trust London Ball 2012 raises over £1MILLION to help retail industry staff in need

At the annual Retail Trust London Ball, the industry’s leadership managed to put aside recessionary worries and dig deep to help support all those working in retail in need of assistance, raising over £1 million for Retail Trust, the only charity here for all people in retail.

The guest list included high street and online retail leading lights such as Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green, M&S CEO Marc Bolland, ASOS CEO Nick Robertson, Jaeger Chairman Harold Tillman, Debenhams CEO Michael Sharp, and Joseph Wan, Chief Executive of Harvey Nichols.

The sum raised at the retail industry’s annual fundraiser, held at Grosvenor House, came from a blend of personal pledges including £190,000 from Sir Philip Green and corporate contributions from major highstreet brands including Arcadia who donated £100,000.

A delighted Retail Trust CEO, Nigel J L Rothband, said “Tough times are well documented for retail, but I am delighted that our annual fundraising Ball still brought the biggest names in the sector together to support their industry charity. We are grateful to all the retailers and supporters for their contributions that will benefit those in retail who are most affected by change, pressures of life and a need to turn somewhere for advice.

“We have seen contacts to our Helpline rise significantly in the last six months, not only on matters of redundancy and job security, but on a host of associated issues that come to the fore when recession is in play. Finance and relationship issues, instances of workplace bullying, and as the riots highlighted, threats of violence against those who man the shops we rely on day in day out.

“I would like to thank especially the Khurmy family from Ealing who joined us on stage this year to share their experiences as riot affected retailers, and to highlight how Retail Trust is there to help those in need of help in many different ways.”


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