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Celebrating Scottish retail

Charity honours tycoon and raises £52k to support wellbeing services

    A CELEBRATION of all things Scottish retail was the aim of last Thursday evening’s RetailTrust even in Glasgow which saw £52,000 raised to support the charity’s projects and services.

At the December 10 event held at the Hilton Hotel, Scottish M&Co fashion tycoon Iain McGeoch was honoured with the prestigious Retail Legends Award for his service and generosity to the retail industry.
The event also introduced two new awards that saw luxury belt designer Christian MacLeod named as Scottish Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Radio Clyde DJ Cassi presented Marks & Spencer with the Radio Clyde and RetailTrust Scottish Best Customer Service 2015 Award, as voted for by the station’s listeners.
Christian, pictured receiving his award from Development Director Michael Green, said: “It's an honour to receive this award – to be recognised by those within the industry is a great way to finish what's been an amazing year.
“I only recently found out about RetailTrust through one of my team and the work they do for young people in retail is really important. If I had one piece of advice for any young entrepreneurs it would be – just get started. Take the chance and you never know what might happen."
Hosted by DJ Diane “Knoxy” Knox and comedian Sandy Strang, the event brought together more than 170 new and loyal trust supporters of the charity founded in 1832 to support the wellbeing of everyone involved in the retail industry, with services including retirement housing; free counseling, legal and debt advice; hardship grants, and education.
As well as raising awareness and funding for wellbeing services, CEO Richard Boland highlighted the success of the RetailRight programme for 16-24 year olds and revealed the initiative that creates employment opportunity in retail for disadvantaged young people will be launching in Glasgow during 2016.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception, dinner and live entertainment from The Manchester Violinist Amy Fields, comedy from Sandy Strang, and a rocking set from Big Vern ‘n’ The Shootahs. The night ended with a DJ set from Clyde 1’s DJ Cassi, creating a truly unforgettable evening.
Chief Executive Richard Boland, pictured, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended our first Scottish Celebration for their generous support.
“The opportunity to recognise a great entrepreneur of Scottish retail in Iain McGeoch capped a wonderful night which also saw two other awards created to recognise the exciting retail scene in Scotland today. We wish all involved a fantastic festive trading season.”

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