Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

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Property owners, Hammerson are hosting a celebration of its partnership with the trade charity retailTRUST, and support of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) students and graduates at its London Head Office to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Since 2016, retailTRUST and Hammerson have partnered with GCU to support the next generation of retail talent in Glasgow and London, committing to award over £150,000 in seed funding and scholarships to ambitious, young entrepreneurs and talented students.

Seed funding recipient, GCU graduate Emma, who has received two rounds of funding as well as support via the retailTRUST Elevator Mentoring Programme, will showcase her creative agency and fashion brand pplrstrange during the event on Wednesday, 20 November, highlighting how the financial and mentoring support has helped her start-up to gain traction. There will also be an opportunity to purchase from the pplrstrange collection.

James Rogers, Community Manager at Hammerson plc, said:

“It has been exciting to watch Emma’s business progress. Her passion and determination to succeed is clear and we are delighted to offer her the opportunity to showcase her business to a new audience in London.”

Other beneficiaries from retailTRUST and Hammerson’s seed funding are Fashion Marketing graduates Amanda and Emily, who are launching their own sustainable swimwear brand based in Scotland made from recycled fibres. The funding received will help them to develop their business, SKYA, aiming to minimise its environmental impact and reduce post-consumer waste through generous support.

The partnership is also working together to levelling the playing field by ensuring finance is not a barrier to students studying fashion and retail programmes at GCU. Eleven GCU students have so far benefitted from scholarship funds to pursue their chosen area of study at the University’s Glasgow and London campuses.

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One such scholarship student, Sonia, said:

“It was much more than a scholarship. It was a support system. Not only have you allowed me to study Luxury Brand Marketing MSc but to move to London. Studying and living in the fast-paced capital city has been a whirlwind and so exciting.

“I have had the chance to visit brand Head Offices, engage in talks with the legendary queen of the high street Jane Shepherdson CBE and network at events. All while learning about the theories and strategies used in the luxury retail industry. These priceless experiences have taught me what to expect in the future and what we can learn from the past in terms of the retail industry.”

Amy Prendergast, Director of Change, People and Learning at retailTRUST, said:

“We are proud to be part of this innovative partnership, offering aspiring entrepreneurs access to training, mentoring and funding to help kick-start their own retail careers and business.  

“We look forward to following the journeys of our talented beneficiaries, as they become the fashion leaders and innovators for our industry.”

Jillian Watt, Director of the GCU Foundation, said:

“The retail sector offers a variety of exciting careers, but it is also extremely fast-paced and challenging to enter. Through their generous support, retailTRUST and Hammerson offer funding and access to industry experts that enable our students to pursue their dream career as well as helping them develop robust and sustainable businesses.”

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pplrstrange Global Entrepreneurship Week pop-up shop will take place at
Hammerson plc | Kings Place | 90 York Way | London N1 9GE | United Kingdom
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00