Charity Retail Conference 2014
Our 2014 Conference was our biggest ever, with more delegates, speakers and awards, this packed two-day event was a roaring success. The theme of this year’s event was Innovate for Success and delegates heard from a wide range of speakers, from both inside and out of the sector, about how to stay ahead of the curve, embrace new ideas and move with the times. A few of the highlights included;
- A master-class session run by John Timpson, Chair of the Timpson group, which looked at how his way of management could be used in the charity retail sector
- Over 50 exhibitors from a variety of sectors
- The Charity Retail Awards gala dinner, with 20 individual awards presented to a range of retail chains, volunteers, suppliers and individual charity shops
- A packed plenary address from Mark Astarita, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising
- Lisa Nandy MP, shadow minister for Civil Society - she told delegates that she wanted to celebrate charity shops in the broadest sense of what they do and what they mean for people.
Social value of charity shops
The past few weeks have seen the CRA undertake a range of activity to inform key stakeholders about the social value that charity shops bring to high streets and the ground-breaking report we commissioned from the think tank Demos, Giving Something Back. We presented at the All Party Parliamentary group on Town Centres chaired by Marcus Jones MP, outlining the social value that charity shops bring to local communities through the provision of jobs, volunteering opportunities and recycling, as well as the economic impacts they have on town centres in bringing in footfall and occupying units which could otherwise be empty.
We also hosted a breakfast roundtable on 12 May bringing together charity Chief Executives to discuss the report and the future role of charity retail. The meeting was chaired by Paul Farmer of Mind, and attendees included Simon Gillespie of the British Heart Foundation, Richard Hawkes of Scope, Dr Jane Collins of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Denise Hatton of YMCA England. The discussion focused on how charities could measure the social value of their charity shops and communicate this to their local communities.
One of the major recommendations from Giving Something Back was the creation of a Social Value Toolkit. We are currently developing this work and hope once completed it will be used by our members to measure the positive impacts they have outside of their fundraising.
Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Marie Curie Cancer Care said
“Giving Something Back, is the first piece of independent research to give us the hard evidence of the social value of charity retail. It challenges us to think what it might mean for the charity we lead.”
Charity Retail Awards 2014
Who won this year's prestigious Awards?