Charity shop competition to boost sales

The British Red Cross is asking young charity shop volunteers enter a competition to find creative ways of boosting sales or raising the profile of their shop.

The charity is offering £250 prizes from its Retail Innovation Fund for the four most promising ideas submitted by volunteers under 26-years-old who work in their shops.

The scheme was opened for entries to coincide with Volunteers’ Week, which started on 1 June. The Projects will be judged on value for money, creativity, originality, practicality and whether they attract new customers to Red Cross charity shops.

Winning projects in the inaugural competition last year included a silent auction of antiques, a Victorian-themed late night shopping evening, a sale of handmade Christmas and fancy dress items, and a roadshow to a local university.

The charity is also encouraging young people to volunteer in its shops and work towards its Certificate in Retail Skills, which was launched last year (Third Sector Online, 25 May 2007).

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