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Retail and consumer sector

Five and a half million people work in the retail and consumer sector. By 2022 this is forecast to grow to more than 7.3 million. The Prince’s Trust is proud to be working with the sector to use this opportunity to create life-changing outcomes for young people.

Retail and consumer sector

Our retail and consumer sector partnerships are as diverse as they are impactful: from inspiring young people into careers in everything from food manufacturing to fashion buying, to creating bestselling homeware collections and empowering young people with digital skills.

Message from our Chair, Lucy Harris

Since 2009 our retail partners have helped transform the lives of over 6,000 young people helping many directly into jobs in our sectors. These young people are an inspiring example of young people’s ability to succeed given the right support and the power of retailers to play a part in their success. I am proud to be the Chair of the Retail Leadership Group driving forward mutually beneficial retail partnerships that can deliver a better future for young people.
Marks & Spencer

Read about some of our partnerships


ASOS are the UK's largest online fashion retailer and we have been working in partnership since 2010 to inspire over 470 young people into the world of fashion and digital technology. These skills-based programmes give young people the chance to meet new people and learn more about digital technology, fashion and retail.


Cunard Line

Fundraising at sea and on land, every year Cunard crew and guests, go above and beyond to raise funds to change young lives. Having already raised £1 million to support our work, we are working together to raise a further £1 million by 2018. Cunard host special events, create bespoke products, and take part in a variety of fundraising challenges to raise vital funds. Read more about our work together here.


L’Oréal Paris

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We have recently launched a three-year partnership with L’Oréal Paris to empower thousands of vulnerable young people to develop their confidence and self-worth.  L’Oréal – which works with Prince’s Trust ambassador Dame Helen Mirren, is helping young people through life-changing ‘All Worth It’ Confidence programmes, building confidence and equipping young people with the right skills to get into work, further training or education. Read more here


Marriott Hotels


Marriott’s employees have done an incredible job of raising money to support young people. From cycling across the UK to hosting gala dinners, their enthusiasm is the fuel of this multi-year partnership.

Marriott customers also play a central role in our partnership, supporting through donations on their bills and with selected menu items in Marriott restaurants. These initiatives raise vital awareness for the charity as well as funds.

As well as galvanising staff and customers to support The Prince’s Trust, Marriott have been providing hands-on practical support for young people. As a key delivery partner of our Get into employability programme, Marriott have supported many young people into careers in the sector.


TK Maxx and HomeSense

Leading retailers TK Maxx and HomeSense have been helping to change young lives over the past three years. As one of our largest Get Into delivery partners, together we are working to develop young people’s skills in the retail sector and help them secure roles at TK Maxx. Equipping young people with the confidence to reengage with education, HomeSense have been supporting us to develop our Achieve education programme across the UK. As well as being headline sponsors of our National Celebrate Success Awards, driving our Part of PT tour, and developing a special hang-a-bauble Christmas campaign, there’s lots more to discover about here on our fantastic partnership.