retailTRUST Grand Scottish Ball raises 50k and honours Vera Weisfeld as retailLEGEND
Glasgow’s iconic Hilton hotel was the venue for retailTRUST’s 2014 Grand Scottish Ball last night. The great and the good of Scotland’s retail industry gathered for the event, celebrating 50 years of supporting Scotland with the cottageHOMES residential estate in Crookfur. The event raised over £50k with funds going to support the needs of the 4.5 million people working in retail and related industries.
Television’s Carol Smillie hosted the evening and delighted the audience at the star-studded event featuring some of the biggest names in retail; attendees included Glasgow Warriors stars Tom Ryder and Niko Matawalu, David Steer Regional Director of Barclays, Colin Temple MD of Schuh, House of Fraser General Manager Alistair Johnstone, Provost Alasdair Carmichael, designer Patrick Grant and a host of celebrities and companies from across the industry.
Organisations present included; Barclays, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Matalan, New Look, Harvey Nichols, Chanel, Christian Dior, Marks & Spencer, Hewlett-Packard, Bank of Scotland, Estee Lauder, Santander, Primark all enjoyed an evening of fine dining and entertainment from The Hypes and DJ Benny Blanco.
The celebration toasted the 50th anniversary of the Crookfur cottageHOMES estate and honoured Vera Weisfeld for her outstanding contribution to retail and philanthropy. Vera Weisfeld OBE, the co-founder of What Everyone Wants, was given a retailLEGENDS award and received a standing ovation from Scotland’s retail family.
Richard Boland, Chief Executive of retailTRUST, presented the award to Vera Weisfeld highlighting her outstanding achievements in the industry.
Richard Boland said:
"Tonight we recognise Vera Weisfeld, a daughter of this great city and land. She has not only inspired the youth of Scotland with her entrepreneurial skills but also with her devotion to developing talent, by supporting young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”
“Vera’s dedicated life, both in retail success and charitable sponsorship, is a fine role model for all of us. Her pioneering spirit and passion for equality and social betterment resonate with the charitable objectives and purpose set out for us by the founding fathers of retailTRUST. It is therefore indeed a privilege and a pleasure to welcome her to join the retailLEGENDS academy.”
Vera Weisfeld said:
“I am delighted to have received this honour. The work that retailTRUST do in Scotland and throughout the UK is remarkable and it is a privilege to be inducted into the retailLEGENDS academy.”
Michael Green, Development Director of retailTRUST, praised the work of retailers across Scotland and thanked the attendees for making the event, sponsored by Barclays, even more special than last year. Green gave special thanks to Barclays who donated £21k and £10k of Debenhams who donated £20k on the night.
As the evening came to a climax it was announced that over £50k had been raised on the night, with donations still being counted.