Grand Scottish Ball also names Vera Weisfeld OBE as retailLEGEND.

The retailTRUST’s Grand Scottish Ball has raised £50,000 which will go towards supporting the needs of the 4.5million people working within the retail sector in the UK.

The annual event was held at Glasgow’s Hilton hotel with a guest list of the great and good of the Scottish retail industry including representatives from Chanel, Christian Dior, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Barclays, Matalan, New Look, Marks & Spencer, Hewlett-Packard, Bank of Scotland, Estee Lauder, Santander and Primark.


The event, hosted by Carol Smillie, celebrated 50 years of supporting Scotland with the cottageHOMES residential estate in Crookfur and also named What Everyone Wants co-founder Vera Weisfeld OBE as retailLEGEND for her contribution to retail and philanthropy.

Richard Boland, chief executive of retailTRUST, who presented the award to Weisfeld, said: “She has not only inspired the youth of Scotland with her entrepreneurial skills but also with her devotion to developing talent, by supporting young people to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

"Vera’s dedicated life, both in retail success and charitable sponsorship, is a fine role model for all of us.”