RetailTRUST Grand Scottish Ball honours Vera Weisfeld
TV presenter Carol Smillie hosted the evening which was attended by some of the biggest names in the sector. Those present included Glasgow Warriors stars Tom Ryder and Niko Matawalu, regional director of Barclays David Steer, Schuh managing director Colin Temple, House of Fraser general manager Alistair Johnstone, Provost Alasdair Carmichael, and designer Patrick Grant.
Organisations taking part included Barclays, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Matalan, New Look, Harvey Nichols, Chanel, Christian Dior, Marks & Spencer, Hewlett-Packard, Bank of Scotland, Estee Lauder, Santander and Primark.
The celebration toasted the 50th anniversary of the Crookfur Cottage Homes estate and honoured Vera Weisfeld OBE for her outstanding contribution to retail and philanthropy.
Weisfeld, who is the co-founder of What Everyone Wants, was given a RetailLEGENDS award and received a standing ovation from Scotland’s retail family.
She was presented with her award by RetailTrust chief executive Richard Boland who said: “Tonight we recognise Vera Weisfeld, a daughter of this great city and land. She has not only inspired the youth of Scotland with her entrepreneurial skills but also with her devotion to developing talent, by supporting young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions.
“Vera’s dedicated life, both in retail success and charitable sponsorship, is a fine role model for all of us. Her pioneering spirit and passion for equality and social betterment resonate with the charitable objectives and purpose set out for us by the founding fathers of RetailTRUST. It is therefore indeed a privilege and a pleasure to welcome her to join the RetailLEGENDS academy.”
Weisfeld donated £5,000 to the charity and pledged to donate a further £5,000 every year for next five years.
She added: “I am delighted to have received this honour. The work that RetailTRUST do in Scotland and throughout the UK is remarkable and it is a privilege to be inducted into the RetailLEGENDS academy.”
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