More than 11,000 charity shops in the UK, says Charity Retail Association

It is the first time the CRA has mapped the UK's charity shops, with the vast majority being based in England

There are more than 11,000 charity shops across the UK, according to research carried out by the Charity Retail Association

The research, which was released yesterday and for the first time maps all of the country’s charity shops, shows that there are 11,249 charity shops in the UK, the majority of which are based in England.

England accounted for 9,437 shops, with Scotland having 963, the CRA said.

There are 549 charity shops in Wales, the research shows, and 300 in Northern Ireland.

In a statement, the CRA said the data would help it achieve its public affairs objectives, specifically campaigning on charity shop volunteering, Gift Aid and rate relief for charity shops.

The CRA said that the research would help to promote charity shops as important community hubs across the country.

About 77 per cent of the shops mapped are members of the CRA, and the organisation hopes to increase this annually as part of its three-year strategic plan.

Robin Osterley, chief executive of the CRA, said: "Our hard-working research team have done a great job in producing the most comprehensive and reliable set of statistics available anywhere on UK charity shops.

"We are determined to fulfil our strategic plan goal of being a trusted and respected repository of information about the sector and its performance."

Previous research from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Local Data Company about the health of the charity retail sector found that 271 charity shops closed in 2017 and 202 opened – a net loss of 69 and worse than the closure rate for pubs across the UK.

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