Scope reaction to charity shop report

As reported in the Telegraph and Third Sector, a new report by the Fair and True Foundation is calling on the role and value of the traditional charity shop to be reviewed. The report names Scope in its findings. 
 
Peter Crowne, chief operating officer at disability charity Scope:
 
“Our shops raise crucial funds for our work with disabled people and their families.

"We have worked incredibly hard to increase the profitability of our shops in the past five years – resulting in a year-on-year increase and a record trading surplus last year of £3 million.
 
"We are continuing to work to make our shops more profitable. This includes closing over 25 of our least profitable stores, investing in shop infrastructure and IT systems, running successful stock donation drives and opening new shops in the right locations. We are also currently recruiting for a new managing director of retail, to lead our ambitious team.  
 
"Scope is committed to developing and improving our charity shops, without which we would be unable to deliver vital support to tens of thousands of disabled people and their families.”

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Pasca Lane in the scope press office on 020 7619 7200 or email pasca.lane@scope.org.uk 

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