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retailENTERPRISE supports individuals in their journey to become the next generation of fashion retail entrepreneurs.

In partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Hammerson, the initiative supports GCU undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni who have an early stage business idea and want to learn how to set up their own retail business.

Each individual that applies has the opportunity to secure a scholarship to attend a postgraduate business related course at GCU. The individual will pitch to a panel of leading figures in retail for a share of the £30,000 seed investment and trial their business concept with free pop-up space across any Hammerson shopping centre.

Meet our scholars

Postgraduate scholars 2019–2020


Ciandra Birnbaum, MSc Fashion and Lifestyle Marketing (London)

Ciandra is a fashion blogger with her own social media platform ‘Love Ciandra’.

“I have worked hard to be where I am now and I am so appreciative that I am able to further my development doing a postgraduate degree at GCU in September. Without your help I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to complete this programme to the same ability I will be able to now. I will use all the help and guidance offered and I just want to say a massive thank you again. Can’t wait to start in September!”


Georgia Barr, MSc Fashion Business Creation (London)

Georgia is a textile design graduate with her own sustainable fashion business ‘Badass Bras’.

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this amazing opportunity. Thank you for providing me with the chance to not only continue my education but to grow my business and hopefully make a difference in the world of fashion. I’m overjoyed with the news of my scholarship and I’m looking forward to working with you in the near future!”

Undergraduate scholars 2019–2020


Olivia Speirs, BA (Hons) International Fashion Branding (Glasgow)

School leaver Olivia aims to secure a role as a fashion buyer when she graduates.

“ I am writing to thank you for your generosity in funding the retailTRUST scholarship, which I was thrilled to learn I have been chosen as a recipient for. I am currently awaiting my SQA exam results, before I go on and study International Fashion Branding, which has been a huge passion of mine for many years. After graduating from GCU I plan to pursue a career as a fashion buyer, allowing me to give back to the industry itself. Thanks to you, this scholarship will allow me to put all my effort and concentration into my studies meaning I can reach my full potential throughout university, also giving me the boost I need into the fashion industry. Thank you again for your generosity and support.”


Katie Knight, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business (Glasgow)

School leaver Katie has aspirations to work as a designer for a leading fashion brand.

“I was absolutely delighted to receive the email informing me that I had been selected to receive a full retailTRUST scholarship. Thank you so much for believing in me, and for awarding the financial assistance to help see me through my years at university and on my way to the career of my dreams. I can assure you of my personal commitment to make the most of every opportunity and apply myself fully to my studies.”

Seed funding 2019–2020

Amanda and emily

Amanda Graham and Emily Ross

Fashion marketing students Amanda and Emily are launching their own sustainable swimwear brand made from recycled fibres thanks to support from retailTRUST.

“After graduating we were faced with the lack of fashion related jobs in Scotland. Through studying for our masters in fashion marketing we became more aware of the impact that human consumption has on the environment and wanted to start up our own sustainable fashion brand.”

“Thanks to support from retailTRUST, we are now able to formally start our business and buy our first bulk order, as well as being able to carry out website design, marketing and photoshoots. We cannot thank you enough.”

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