An analysis of the impacts of the recession on charity retail

Neal, Thomas (2013) An analysis of the impacts of the recession on charity retail. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The recession has significantly altered the UK retail sector. One change has been the vast increase in the number of charity shops on the high street. This dissertation seeks to evaluate the current state of charity retail and analyse how it impacts charitable organisations, consumers and other stakeholders.

    Initial research focused on the general effects of the economic downturn on the retail sector. Next Britain’s charity sector was investigated, including establishing retail’s part within it. These two elements were then brought together and the way in which the recession has changed charity retail was researched. Finally research was undertaken to establish how the changing charity retail sector has affected the high street.

    Primary data was gathered to further study the ideas found in research. A questionnaire surveyed consumer opinion on non-profit shops including themes such as the reasons why people charity shop and the perceived impact of charity stores on a community. Interviews were also used to question charity shop workers, local businesses and town planners.

    The results of the data collection showed charity shops to be beneficial to society. The cheap goods they sell are the reason for their popularity with consumers yet local businesses have not noticed competition. They fill empty premises which would not otherwise be tenanted and do not detract from a town’s retail offering.

    Though this study’s results are limited by its scale, the research carried out is of value. A number of the findings could be of use to charities looking to begin on or improve their retail offering. Stakeholders will also find it of use in analysing what impact charity retail has on society, and what it may have in the future.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 14:58
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34

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