Spring and Autumn Fair name the Retail Trust as official Charity Partner

Hyve Group has named the Retail Trust as its official charity partner for Spring and Autumn Fair for the next two years, as well as its wellbeing partner across all of its retail shows in the UK, including Glee, Pure, and Scoop, to provide support, awareness, and fundraising for the retail sector.

The partnership will span offsite volunteer days, team challenges, and onsite activity kicking off at Autumn Fair on September 5th to 8th at Birmingham’s NEC this year. The partnership also sees the launch of the Female Founders scheme that will offer free stands to ten inspirational female founders.

The Retail Trust was established in 1832 with the mission of providing care for and the protection of the lives of people working in retail. Hyve Group’s UK Retail Division has already supported the Retail Trust’s online wellbeing event ‘For the four’ in May, while in June employees volunteered to help get the Retail Trust’s new eBay fundraising shop up and running.

Over the course of the two-year Charity partnership, Hyve Group will take part in fundraising activities to raise awareness and funds for the Retail Trust. A dedicated Wellbeing section will launch on each of the event websites for Spring and Autumn Fair, Glee, Pure and Scoop. This will feature informative and supportive articles alongside videos that support the wellbeing of retailers and wholesalers alike.

The Retail Trust will also be supporting the Spring Fair Female Founders initiative. Launching at Autumn Fair 2021, Female Founders initiative is an exciting program created to champion and celebrate inspiring female entrepreneurs.

The initiative will support the growth of female founded retail businesses by offering six businesses a free stand at Spring Fair 2021, followed by 12 months of business mentoring with leading female entrepreneurs. The scheme will be announced and launched at Autumn Fair in September.

Managing director, retail and fashion at Hyve Group plc, Julie Driscoll said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the Retail Trust as our Charity & Wellbeing Partner. Over the next two years we look forward to raising much needed funds and awareness, especially after the incredibly challenging year the retail sector and especially the independents have experienced.

“Through our shows we are entrenched in the retail industry and fully understand the importance of listening to and understanding its needs, offering support and advice, health, and wellbeing initiatives, as well as celebrating entrepreneurship.”

A host of onsite wellbeing initiatives at Autumn Fair will be announced before the show but look set to include a Wellbeing lounge to allow attendees to escape the busy show floor and focus on their wellbeing, meditation sessions, and wellbeing content sessions providing information on the wellbeing services and training the Retail Trust offers as a charity.

Chief executive of the Retail Trust, Chris Brook-Carter, added: “The Retail Trust has been creating hope, health and happiness for everyone in retail for nearly 200 years, but our cause has never been more relevant. The financial aid we provide to help people stay in their homes, feed their families, or make essential hospital visits has doubled to more than £900,000 in the last year, and we’ve run nearly 8,000 counselling sessions.

“This support simply wouldn’t be possible without the donations the Trust receives and our valuable partnerships with organisations from across the retail industry. We’re really looking forward to joining forces with Hyve Group over the next two years as we work together to continue to raise awareness and provide vital help to those who need it.”

Find out more at https://www.autumnfair.com/wellness-hub

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