Changing high streets
Our high streets have changed significantly since the early 2000s with the rise of internet shopping and the clustering of retail in out-of-town shopping centres. According to the Portas review, the number of retail stores in town centres fell by 15,000 between 2000 and 2009.
According to research for The Charity Retail Association by Demos, our shopping habits have changed considerably. In 1971, 50% of the population shopped in more than 200 locations. In 2009, 50% a much larger population were shopping only in the 90 largest locations.
High street footfall in areas outside central London have also decreased by 10% between 2008 and 2011.
What does the change in shopping habits mean for charity retailers?
Market research by the Charity Retail Association (CRA) shows a steady growth rate of between 2% and 3% over that time. This growth appears to be attributable to a number of factors, but is most likely primarily due to growing demand for ‘value-related retailing'.
Despite this increase in demand, charity shops have found that it is more difficult to procure stock for their shops as donations fall. In March 2012 the CRA found that 16% of people surveyed nationwide chose to sell clothes rather than donate them because of tougher times.
How does Wright Hassall support charity retailers?
We advise charity retailers on all aspects of their business:
Starting a charity shop including:
- registering as a charity
- acquiring new property whether on a freehold or leasehold basis
- recruiting staff whether on an employed or volunteer basis
- health and safety
Running a charity shop including:
- managing your people ensuring compliance with all necessary regulations from an employer's perspective
- trading effectively with other suppliers and trades
- complying with data protection and information governance
- safeguarding employees and volunteers
- complying with consumer law regulations - visit Trading Standards for more guidance
- dealing with property disputes and issues with landlords
- lease renewals
- intellectual property
Cost competitive legal fees for charity retailers
Given our location - we are based out-of-town/ City - we are able to provide charity retailers with cost competitive legal fees often on a fixed fee basis. We recognise that charity retailers do not want to spend money on solicitors' fees but they need to protect their organisation by doing things in the right way. Our approach is to provide charity retailers with straightforward, commercial advice which helps them to focus on their core objective of raising funds whilst staying on the right side of the law.
A nationwide service for charity retailers
We are based in Leamington Spa which is located centrally for most locations in the UK; we are just 90 minutes from central London, 2.5 hours from Manchester Piccadilly, less than 3 hours from the centre of Leeds, 90 minutes from Nottingham and less than 60 minutes from Oxford city centre.
We regularly work with retailers in relation to their nationwide portfolio and can deal with matters remotely regardless of location.
Our relevant retail experience includes:
- advising one of the UK's largest animal charities on all aspects of its property portfolio;
- acting for an independently owned high street retailer on its continuing expansion and all leasehold related work for the chain;
- advising on the development;
- advising a leisure retailer on the management of its property portfolio, dealing with a wide range of issues from lease renewal proceedings under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, to dilapidations claims and other landlord and tenant issues;
- advising the largest outdoor advertising retailer in Europe on its substantial UK property portfolio which includes 1,200 freehold properties and approximately 30,000 leasehold and licenced properties;
- advising an iconic heritage pottery brand on all aspects of its property portfolio including lease renewals, acquisitions and assignments;
- advising on copyright, trade mark and celebrity image and publicity rights infringement for an online retailer; and
- property and employment work for retailers.