Commercial Clothing Collections

The Council will only allow one commercial clothing collection to take place per month where no National Exemption Order is held.  Where a charity carries out its own collections without third party involvement, these may be licensed at the same time as an NEO collection if there is space available in the diary.  We will not usually licence a commercial clothing collection at any time where nationally exempted charities are also carrying out a clothing collection.  This is in accordance with our Charity Collections Policy 2017-2020.

Some collections do not need a licence. Unlicensed collections and those pending approval are listed below.

Unlicensed companies/charities

The following commercial clothing collection companies and/or charities have been refused permission to collect in Runnymede within the last 7 years:

  • Intersecond Ltd - 2015
  • Byronswell - 2013
  • Audosta - 2012

Information received from residents (usually collection bags being delivered to residents) suggests that the following commercial clothing collection companies and/or charities could be operating in Runnymede without a licence -

  • Your Donation Limited (Boot out Breast Cancer) - June 2019

Pending applications and licences not granted

The following applications have been received within the last 12 months but no licence has been granted.  This could be because further information has been requested from the applicant and is still being considered.

  • Audosta Limited (Woodlands Cancer Care) - application October 2018. Under consideration.
  • UK Clothing Caravan (Blesma - application September 2018; not granted owing to no available dates for the period applied for. 
  • Your Donation Limited (Boot out Breast Cancer) - application August 2018; not granted owing to no available dates for the period applied for. 
  • Street Runners Limited (Kent Association for the Blind, Rainbow Trust, Rockinghorse Childrens Charity) - application August 2018. No licence issued.

Compliance Guidance for Commercial Participators (Commercial Clothing Collections)

The Committee of Advertising Practice has published Icon for pdf guidance [494.12KB] which explains how commercial participators should amend their advertising on charity bags to comply with a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority which requires commercial participants to communicate their name and company status on both sides of the bag.  If the bag features a charity's name it must not be given greater prominence than the name of the company undertaking the collection.  Commercial clothing collection companies were required to amend their advertising by 2 June 2017.

Those who are unable or unwilling to follow the rules may be referred by the ASA to Trading Standards under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The House of Commons published a briefing paper called Bogus Charity Clothing Collections in May 2017.

The Fundraising Regulator published article on Clothing Collections.

Please email conntact us by emailing clare.pinnock@runnymede.gov.uk if you are not sure whether a collection is authorised.

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