Commercial Clothing Collections

The Council will usually 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 2020 - 2023.  Each application is treated on its merits.

COVID-19 additional information and guidance

Runnymede is now in the National lockdown.  Charities and third party fundraisers other than licensed clothing collections are advised not to operate in this borough until further notice.  Please follow the current coronavirus guidance issued by Central Government and the Charity Commission and/or Public Health England with regard to social distancing and relevant restrictions.  Please also refer to guidance issued by the Fundraising Regulator and/or Institute of Fundraising.  All fundraising activity should be properly risk assessed but the Council cannot sanction any risk assessments as being covid compliant.  Any non-compliance with social distancing guidelines is enforceable by the HSE.

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

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 Ltd (Boot out Breast Cancer) - June 2019
  • Giving Support Limited (Breast Cancer Research Aid) - July 2020
  • Fundraising Support Ltd (Leukaemia Myeloma Research UK) - November 2020

We have also been advised by East London Textiles that they have ended their contractual arrangement with Leukaemia Care and Kidney Research UK but some 'fake and bogus' bags have been reported and East London Textiles 'will actively involve the relevant Police service and all other regulatory body to ensure that the unlawful distribution or discard of such bags is stopped.' Please report any such sightings to us.

Pending applications and licences not granted

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

  • UK Clothing Caravan (Blesma - application November 2019; not granted owing to no available dates for the period applied for. 
  • Clothes Aid - Cancer Support UK - application September 2020; not granted owing to no available dates for the period applied for. 

Compliance Guidance for Commercial Participators (Commercial Clothing Collections)

The Committee of Advertising Practice published Icon for pdf guidance [494.12KB] which explains how commercial participators should have amended their advertising on charity bags by 2 June 2017 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. 

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.

If you are unsure whether a collection is authorised please email democratic.services@runnymede.gov.uk or telephone 01932 425627.