The King George V1 Weekend at Ascot provided the perfect backdrop for the Travel Retail Consortium’s annual day-event for its airline, airport and ferry customers. Some 72 TRC members and guests enjoyed a day of exciting horse-racing, with a six race card including the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes. To help betting choices, pre-racing tips were delivered to the audience by ex-jockey and racing pundit Colin Brown.


The day kicked off with a tasting of the new Taittinger Prelude Champagne, with time for guests to both explore a mini trade exhibition displaying members’ product lines and enter the annual raffle for a wealth of prizes donated by both TRC members and guests.

Racing started as a superb lunch was served, washed down with wines from Accolade, while a High Tea later in the day included tea choices from Twinings.

Introducing the day, TRC chairman Rebecca Harwood-Lincoln welcomed guests to Ascot and took the opportunity to explain the new business concept that will be added to future TRC events, which at Ascot was the mini trade exhibition. “Today is a very relaxed occasion designed for all of us to network in a fun social environment whilst enabling guests to learn a little more about TRC members product lines,” she said.

The occasion is certainly welcomed by guests, as Nicola Tompkins, Head of Buying and Merchandising at P&O Ferries confirmed:

The TRC is a fantastic organisation, bringing suppliers and retailers together to network and discuss new opportunities. Aside from the business element, their events are also great fun and our recent day at Ascot was no exception. The team at P&O Ferries very much values these days and appreciates being a part of the TRC network.
Suzanne Mahoney, Director of Buying at Harding Retail added:

Congratulations to the TRC for executing another exceptional day.  Ascot Racecourse was the perfect choice of venue and it was a fun and interactive day.  As always, the TRC events are great to catch up with old and new colleagues and meet with some of our valued vendors and suppliers.  Many thanks to all those involved in its organization

This year the annual raffle raised £501 for the Childrens Hyperinsulinism Charity, a UK based organisation to support families who have children with Congenital Hyperinsulinism by holding conferences, raising awareness and funds for research. Says Rebecca: “We were really thrilled at the generosity of everyone at the event today and are delighted with the amount raised for this year’s very worthwhile charity.”

Attending the day were representatives from Alpha, Ambassadors Choice, British Airways, Brittany Ferries, Condor, DFASS, Dufry, Gate Retail, Harding Retail, Lagadere, P&O Ferries , Retail In Motion, Tourvest.


Notes to editors: The Travel Retail Consortium was originally conceived in the late 1960s and formalised in 1971 to further the interests and development of the Travel Retail Industry within the UK through the member companies

The organisation’s objectives are to improve standards of business within the travel retail industry, promote members’ products and services, discuss industry issues and provide social and business networking opportunities for key industry customers and members’ representatives at annual events. The TRC is also active in raising funds for charity and the Chairman nominates a charity of his choice during his tenure.

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TRC members are:  Accolade Wines, Aurora World , Coty, Guinness, Heineken, Imperial Tobacco International, Invu, Kurate, Mars,  Morgan & Oates, Rémy Cointreau,  Sekonda, Taittinger Champagne & Twinings.

August 2017