Charity retail portal shuts down owing disputed amounts

An online shopping portal that promised to donate a percentage of purchase prices to charities nominated by shoppers folded last week owing money to at least one charity.

Launched in March, acted as a directory service, listing more than 350 online shops including Argos and John Lewis (Third Sector, 10 March). A spokeswoman for Orchid Cancer Appeal said it was owed commission on £370-worth of purchases, made on July 1, that it had still not received despite repeated enquiries.

Neil Durrant, director of Submission Technology, which owned the site, said just £180 in purchases went through the site in total and blamed the closure on charities not promoting it to their supporters. He added that those due a rebate would receive it at once.

Durrant said he has "relations" with the retailers featured, but one - - claims not to have heard of him.

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