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Derby Businesses Set To Say ‘You’re Hired’ To City Centre Charities

Business in the Community is appealing to Derby based businesses to engage with their ‘inner apprentice’, and get competitive for charity, as Derby Store Wars is set to return to the city on June 1st.

The Apprentice style competition, which sees a variety of different businesses taking over city centre charity shops for the day to boost revenue and compete against each other, was so successful last year, that it is set to return as part of National Volunteers Week 2018. 

Hosted by Business in the Community, Prince Charles' responsible Business Network, in partnership with Community Action Derby, this year’s event will also encompass stalls at Derby Market Hall, where entrepreneurs will work on behalf of their partner charities to take this year’s title away from PX Tech - last year’s winner!

Sara Mitchell, from Business in the Community said:

“All that you need as a business to apply is at least two staff to help run the stall or shop, and your business expertise, along with the willingness to go all out.  

“We hope that the public get involved and support this year’s Store Wars event too, which will bring fun and frolics to the city centre streets on the day!

This year is the event’s second year, and we are appealing for businesses to contact us about taking part. Derby Store Wars is good for the local community, charities and businesses.” 

The event already has many businesses signing up to the challenge including, Motorpoint Derby, Leek Building Society, M&S Distribution Centre, The University of Derby and Poppy-PR, which is back to offer its PR support.

Tina Clough, Managing Director at Poppy-PR said:

“We were delighted to be approached for our involvement in this year’s Store Wars event, after conducting a successful PR campaign for the team last year".

“We are looking forward to running a shop or stall ourselves this year, and we are encouraging our clients to dig deep and get involved too.”

The project will also be supported by AVP, who will be filming the event, and video footage will be given to all the businesses taking part for use on social media.

To find out more or to get involved, please visit:, or email [email protected]

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