The Watches of Switzerland Group is the UKs leading luxury watch and jewellery retailer through its brands; Mappin & Webb, Goldsmith’s and Watches of Switzerland. The Group has been a dedicated partner of The Prince’s Trust since 2013 through Mappin & Webb’s category sponsorship of our Prince’s Trust Awards. In addition Mappin & Webb continue to host their popular ‘enterprise day’ which gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn key skills and industry insight to help their businesses thrive.  

Since expanding to a group-wide partnership, The Group has launched its ‘little acorns’ project which sees its executive team deliver inspirational talks and Q&As for young people across the UK to inspire them about a career in luxury retail, as well as giving key tips and advice to budding entrepreneurs. The Group’s employees have been dedicated mentors for our Mosaic programme, and have hosted engaging World of Work Days to engage young people furthest away from the job market with the world of work.  

Alongside the partnership launch, The Watches of Switzerland Group and Rolex celebrated their centenary year by providing 100 special edition Rolex watches with a commemorative engraving to mark the anniversary. Each watch sold raised £1000, with a matched donation from both companies. The watches raised £300,000 to help raise aspirations through education programmes with The Prince's Trust, with specific funds ringfenced to support young people in the North-East where educational attainment is at its lowest.  

The Group continue to support our education programmes and have generously donated to our Young Person Relief Fund so that we can support those young people who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.  

Through the support given to our education programmes, alongside dedicated time spent mentoring young people, The Trust will be able to give more students the tools they need to raise aspirations during their educational journey and learn new skills for their future careers.

Clare Crabb – Director, North of England, The Prince’s Trust