Published: 11/09/2017 06:00 - Updated: 08/09/2017 10:42

Ross-shire charity tasks new woman to oversee chain of shops

Blythswood's new retail manager Anne Failes is welcomed by the charity's chief executive, James Campbell.
Blythswood's new retail manager Anne Failes is welcomed by the charity's chief executive, James Campbell.
THE job of overseeing a chain of 25 charity shops run by an Evanton-based international relief agency has been taken up by a recently-appointed retail manager.

 

Anne Failes, who previously worked for Boots and for Body Shop, has ambitions to turn Blythswood Care into a market leader.

She will be based at Blythswood Care’s Deephaven depot near Evanton and her role will provide leadership to shop managers, staff and volunteers.

“Blythswood has some fantastic shops,” said Anne.

“My aim is to develop Blythswood as a brand and to make it the market leader in re-use stores.” Blythswood’s shops stock clothing, bric-a-brac, books, household goods, toys and small electricals, with its larger stores also selling furniture. 

Anne takes over the role from Alan Swanson who has worked for Blythswood for 14 years and has now joined the organisation’s projects team, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe.

Blythswood’s head of operations, Ian Matheson, said: “We are delighted to have Anne join the Blythswood Care team. Her wealth of experience in retail management will be a great benefit in guiding and developing Blythswood’s chain of charity shops.”

Blythswood has stores in Alness, Invergordon, Lochcarron, Muir of Ord and two superstores in Dingwall and at its Evanton depot.

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