Retail support for charities

MRE are experienced in supporting charities and thirs sector organisations set up or improve their income streams from reatiling.

Local charities are seeing an increase in demand for their services at a time when the overall economic climate is becoming harder. The traditional ways of funding for charities, including winning tenders for providing local authority services, is becoming increasingly difficult and so many charities are having to dip into their reserves to continue to provide their much-needed services.

MRE directors and associates act as ‘critical friends’ for our customers . We are very experienced in helping these organisations develop by  thinking about the wider opportunities for fundraising, which can include charging for some services, traditional fundraising and income generated from charity shops. Working with MRE and using the latest ideas, techniques and methodologies provides sustainable growth across the organisation. Our ethos  to provide personal and professional development for all the staff means they grow in confidence as a result”.

MRE provide help to increase returns from existing retail outlets or to start retailing for the first time. Jim Smith at the Worcester Association of Carers recommends a retail review as a first step, “MRE’s Retail Review has been invaluable to our commercial ambitions with their prompt and detailed report of key issues, observations and recommendations, all achieved with diplomacy and professionalism”. These reviews dovetail well with our existing provision of evaluation of charitable projects, helping charities prove design and implement systems that calculate their social return on investment and our overall business advice.

Charity CEO’s and Trustees are welcome to contact MRE for a confidential discussion,  email Sue Fry on