retailTRUST Launches “Retail Enterprise” at Loch Lomond Summit

Cameron House Hotel hosted retailTRUST’S first retailENTERPRISE summit on the 20th of June. The event, designed to inspire ideas for retail, welcomed over thirty senior retail executives and five emerging entrepreneurs for discussion on the future of retail.


The summit invited emerging entrepreneurs to share their experiences with retail professionals who then offered advice and support during a Q & A session. There were keynote speeches designed to help the young entrepreneurs from Richard Boland, the  CEO of Retail Trust; Brigitte Read of Diet Chef; Karen MacGregor of Firstport and others.


Boland opened the Event by welcoming everyone to the stunning venue and thanked Cameron House and Parlez Media for organising the day.


He said   “The launch of retailENTERPRISE is vital to inspiring ideas and creativity in retail.” “The energy and dynamism of emerging youth, innovation and new ideas are the lifeblood of our sector –with over 1 million young aspiring people working  in the sector, providing much of the inspiration and stimulus for newness , creative thinking and leading edge design. RetailENTERPRISE will give a strong voice and much needed support to our emerging talent.”


“Retail TRUST has several programmes to support youth in retail like retailRIGHT and retailCORe. We are delighted to be the headline sponsors of the Oxford Summer School which supports over 500 young retailers every year, 36 of which benefit from retail CORe bursaries. Through coaching and mentoring students of the Fashion Retail Academy we are also helping young creative designers, and visual merchandisers succeed.”


The five emerging entrepreneurs included fashion magazine IN BLOOM; Amo Torta, an allergy free bakery; Footfall Analytics, a retail analysis device; Sheenashona Jewellery and Diary Dolls, fronted by Carol Smillie.

The event was sectioned into two halves with the first being dedicated to the entrepreneurs and the second involving keynote speakers discussing a variety of informative retail topics such as brand protection, digital strategy and brand communication.


Carol Smillie of Diary Dolls said, “It was a hugely informative and interesting event. I have come away with great industry contacts and expert knowledge about ip law and how to grow my business – well done Retail Trust for launching retailENTERPRISE.”


Harriet Steele and Julia Martin from IN BLOOM said, “Having an event like retailENTERPRISE Summit really points young entrepreneurs in the right direction. The information and support we’ve received today and going forward will be vital to our young magazine.”

After the event, lunch was served and there was a chance for the senior executives and emerging entrepreneurs to network. retailTRUST are expected to host a number of retailENTERPRISE events across the UK in the coming months.



The only charity that looks after the needs of all of the 4.5 million people in the U.K who work in the retail and related sectors.

The charity is sponsoring the launch of retailCURe the very first Credit Union exclusively for the sector. It has raised over £1 million in support from the Corporates in retail to start this worthwhile venture.

retailTRUST also  offers a range of services including free counselling, free legal advice, free debt advice, free hardship grants, free course funding and retirement housing throughout the UK.

They offer Employee Assistance Programmes to almost one million workers in retail through their employers; a comprehensive wellbeing and health package that helps employees deal with almost any problem.

The Charity was founded in 1832 and is proud to have Queen Elizabeth II as its patron.  Its 180th anniversary coincided with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012.


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