Busi­ness em­pires strike back for Store Wars

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

TWO busi­nesses joined forces with lo­cal hos­pices, tak­ing over char­ity shops in or­der to raise money for char­ity.

The re­tail chal­lenge, dubbed Store Wars, raised more than £11,000, with Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care and He­len and Dou­glas House char­ity shops across South Bucks ben­e­fit­ting from the scheme.

More than 80 staff mem­bers from John Lewis, in High Wy­combe, and 30 from Natwest, also in High Wy­combe, came to­gether in teams of 10 to com­pete for the high­est in­crease in profit in one day.

The win­ning team, com­pris­ing six John Lewis and four Natwest staff mem­bers, was in charge of Ren­nie Grove’s Bea­cons­field shop.

Through a com­bi­na­tion of fundrais­ing and sales, they brought in £1,786, six times more than an av­er­age day’s tak­ings for the shop.

Ren­nie Grove di­rec­tor of re­tail Deb­o­rah Gould said: “The team tak­ing over our Bea­cons­field shop had the great idea of ex­tend­ing stock to in­clude bed­ding plants for the du­ra­tion of their day with us.

“The colour­ful dis­play at­tracted lots of pass­ing trade and def­i­nitely in­creased foot­fall.”

The teams could come up with other fundrais­ing ideas be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter their takeover so their in­come gen­er­a­tion was not lim­ited purely to sales.

In ad­di­tion, they had to un­der­take all the chores that the char­i­ties’ shop teams man­age on a daily ba­sis, such as steam­ing clothes, at­tach­ing price tags and tak­ing pay­ment.

The teams took over Ren­nie Grove’s shops in Bea­cons­field, Bourne End, Flack­well Heath, Holmer Green and Princes Ris­bor­ough and He­len and Dou­glas House shops in Bea­cons­field, Chal­font St Peter, High Wy­combe, Mar­low and Princes Ris­bor­ough.

John Lewis oper­a­tions man­ager David Dono­van said: “Store Wars was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for part­ners to share their ex­per­tise with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, as well as a cre­ative way for them to de­velop com­mer­cial and lead­er­ship skills,” while Caro­line Nightin­gale of Natwest said: “Tak­ing over the char­i­ties’ shops for the day en­abled us to learn and put into prac­tice some of what our cus­tomers do day in day out in run­ning their own busi­nesses.”

TAKEOVER: John Lewis staff Fran­cis Berner (left) and Dan Hucker with Bea­cons­field shop man­ager An­gela Leighton

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