Theo Paphitis receives the prestigious retailLEGENDS award at the retailTRUST Celebration

Held at the spectacular Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and hosted by the incredible Rory Bremner, the retailTRUST Celebration took place on Thursday, 31 January 2019. Over 700 key influencers and decision makers from the industry came together at this annual event to celebrate the work of the Trust.


The highly acclaimed retailLEGENDS award returned to this year’s Celebration. The lifelong achievers award recognises individuals who have given a lifetime of devotion to the sector. Retail legend Theo Paphitis was this year’s winner.

Richard Boland, Chief Executive of retailTRUST said: “We are honoured to invite Theo Paphitis to join our retailLEGENDS. Being a retailLEGEND is not only the highest accolade the Trust can bestow but an invitation to an elite group. Theo Paphitis is a much valued patron of retailTRUST and deserves this award for being an outstanding retailer, an outstanding man and an outstanding patron of many, many good causes.”

Celebrities who attended the event included Phil Vickery, Touker Suleyman, Peter Andre, Myleene Klass, and Mark-Francis Vandelli.

retailTRUST showcased how they have supported retail employees over the last year by improving their emotional, physical, vocational and financial wellbeing. Charlotte Richards and Jane Wealthall from House of Fraser in Nottingham explained how the new digital upskilling initiative provided invaluable support as the store went through a period of uncertainty.

Jane Wealthall, Service Manager at House of Fraser said: “retailTRUST sourced experts to come in and deliver digital upskilling sessions. All of this information was absolutely invaluable, especially at this time of feeling very vulnerable. I feel that the digital upskilling session has taken away one of my barriers and I am confident that I have a great and bright future ahead of me.”


The retailTRUST Celebration sponsors included HSO (main event sponsor), MAPIC (fizz reception sponsor), JD Foundation (host sponsor) and Park Publishing (entertainment sponsor).