10th August, 2015

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO OPENING A CHARITY SHOP (PART 1)

Note: You can check out part 2 of our guide to opening a charity shop right here. Opening a charity shop is a great idea for any charity as they’re an effective way to increase awareness and donations. Setting up your own isn’t an easy job though and can be even...

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30th July, 2015

ISO ACCREDITATION: CERTIFICATION FOR CONFIDENCE

When you’re looking for a supplier of any kind, how do you make an informed decision between one company and another? Chances are that several companies will claim to have comparable products along with similar levels of customer service and technical support, which can make it hard to know which...

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24th July, 2015

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM LEGACY FUNDRAISING

Legacy fundraising is a brilliant way for charities to increase their donations and is a major source of income for many non-profits. It is the donations that people leave in their wills and more people are doing it every year. In the UK alone, £2.044 billion is raised each year...

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17th July, 2015

SUCCESSFUL STORES: TOP TIPS ON CREATING A WINNING STORE LAYOUT

All retail shops are designed in a specific way that helps to increase profits and prevent stock loss. Making money is the most important factor for a shop, so the store layout must be planned in a way that makes customers want to come in and spend money – something...

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10th July, 2015

THE LOWDOWN ON GIFT AID

The regular charity donators among you may have heard of this fantastic initiative that has been in place for quite a while now. Gift Aid is a great way to give a little bit more to a charity without paying anything more. Sounds too good to be true, right? How...

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3rd July, 2015

4 REASONS CHARITIES NEED TO BE USING MOBILE

Retail shops need to stay up to date with the latest technologies to innovate, and charity shops are no different. Mobile offers a whole new way to connect with people, but most charity retail shops are slow to take advantage of this. Most people in the UK have a mobile,...

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3rd July, 2015

CHARITY RETAIL AWARD WIN

Announced at a gala dinner at Keele University’s Keele Hall this week (Monday 29 June) as part of the Charity Retail Conference, the Charity Retail Awards are the only in the industry that specifically highlight the work of those involved in the charity retail sector. We fought off strong competition...

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24th June, 2015

DIGITAL CHARITY: HOW CHARITY RETAIL STORES ARE BENEFITING FROM A DIGITAL WORLD

Retail has evolved over the years due to the introduction of digital inputs – something that has become a central part of the everyday shopping experience. This hasn’t be something that has escaped the notice of charity retail shops, and slowly they are beginning to embrace the online world.  Do...

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8th June, 2015

ORGANISING YOUR SHOP

Some people love to shop; it’s their natural state. They adore spending hours casually making their way down the main street, diving into small side shops and wading through the crowds to get to the high street stores. This particular species of human being loves to wade through a clothes...

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21st May, 2015

BOUTIQUE CHARITY SHOPS: THE FUTURE OF SHOPPING?

Big name and designer brands are renowned for their use of quality materials and timeless designs. They are things that fashion lovers aspire to and covet, for most of us though, the sheer prices that they demand puts them out of reach. This may be about to change though with...

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