The Watches of Switzerland Group
In 2019 we launched a group-wide partnership with The Watches of Switzerland Group. Together we set out to inspire young lives and raise aspirations through our education programmes. In our first year we supported over 1000 young people through vital education funding and dedicated volunteers.
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.
Clare Crabb – Director, North of England, The Prince’s Trust