Theo Paphitis Retail Group and The Entertainer are among the 200 retailers sending staff to the Retail Trust’s wellbeing festival for retail workers when it returns to London this week (Thursday 25 May).
Together Fest – which was first launched by the Retail Trust last year to unite retail colleagues for a brilliantly restorative day out – will double in size and capacity for 2023 to accommodate 1,200 people from over 200 retailers, which will also include H&M, Starbucks and Next.
It aims to bring to life the Retail Trust’s ethos of improving the hope, health and happiness of the UK’s three million workers with a full day of inspiring talks, masterclasses and interactive sessions featuring an all-star line-up of wellness champions and celebrities, including comedian Katherine Ryan, TV doctor Dr Alex George and legendary England footballer Stuart Pearce MBE.
“We’re proud to be a part of the Retail Trust’s Together Fest and hope that our colleagues who attend will enjoy coming together with others in the industry at the event, which champions improving the health and happiness of workers in the UK,” said a spokesperson for The Entertainer. “At The Entertainer, we work with the Retail Trust to provide staff a range of company-wide benefits including virtual GP appointments, wellbeing support and much more which we hope enriches the hope, health and happiness of each and every one of our colleagues across over 170 stores, distribution centres and head office.”
Retailers from across the sector work with the Retail Trust to improve the hope, health and happiness of their staff and H&M, Next, Starbucks, Domino’s, River Island, Dunelm, Pets at Home and Waterstones (who will also host a pop-up bookstore at the event), are some of its partners bringing their employees to Together Fest 2023.
Staff from other brands including Harvey Nichols, and Oxfam will also attend Together Fest event is also being supported by B&Q, Dentons, Everlast Gyms, Fiorucci, Hobbycraft, Holland & Barrett, Kärcher, Newton Europe, Nutun, Oracle Retail, Revolution Beauty, TwentyCi, TJX Europe, Usdaw and Wagestream.
Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive of the Retail Trust, added: “Together Fest represents everything that the Retail Trust has always stood for, both by equipping people with the essential tools to improve their wellbeing and by fostering a real sense of pride in working for the retail industry.
“We’ve built on the success of last year’s event and all the amazing feedback we received from the hundreds of retail workers who attended to make this year’s Together Fest even bigger and better.”