Save the Children hires Knight Frank for retail expansion

10 May 2016

Save the Children has hired real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank to expand its UK charity shop presence into 10 additional local communities.

Save the Children is a global not-for-profit. The organisation supports a wide range of programmes, from direct intervention to advocacy, for the world’s children; the aim is to create a brighter future for children. The organisation, founded in 1919, has 30 independent Save the Children country member organisations working together to transform children’s lives in more than 120 countries. The organisation has 25,000 staff globally, and around 1,200 in the UK, mainly in London; the organisation also has a large volunteer base, at around 15,000 in the UK.

One of Save the Children’s initiatives is the ‘Save the Children Shop'. The charity currently has 138 shops dotted throughout the UK selling a range of donated clothes, books, bric a brac, toys, music and films to raise money for its global activities. In addition, the charity also runs 19 boutique charity shops across London, supported by retail expert Mary Portas, called ‘Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children’.

Save the Children hires Knight Frank for retail expansion

In a bid to continue to expand its charity shop presence in the UK, Save the Children has hired Knight Frank to source an additional 10 locations, of 1,000 sq ft, during 2016. The charity is seeking high-footfall locations that, in addition, provide the charity with a presence in new local communities around the country. Knight Frank took part in the earlier expansion of the charity’s Mary’s Living & Giving Shops for Save the Children.

Richard Griston, Associate in Knight Frank's Retail team, comments: “We are pleased to have been chosen by Save the Children to further assist them in growing their retail network throughout the UK, which comes off the back of the success we’ve had in growing Mary’s Living and Giving throughout London. We are looking forward to being able to help the charity grow so that they can continue to do the amazing things they do.”

“Save the Children UK is looking to expand its retail presence to help raise much needed funds for its work that supports the safety and development of children, across its UK and Global programmes," comments Tim Sutton, Retail Director at Save the Children. He adds: "The retail business is a cornerstone of the fundraising aspect of the organisation, as the shops provide an important link with the local communities, who do so much valuable work in supporting our efforts. We are now looking to build our presence further and look forward to working with our supporters and volunteers in locations across the UK, where we are currently not present.”