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River Island offers staff cost of living support packages, with extra pay and free food

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River Island has implemented care packages for employees to assist them during the cost-of-living crisis.

River Island CEO Will Kernan has informed staff across the company's stores and headquarters that support packages funded by the retailer's founder, Bernard Lewis, will be made available.

Kernan said: “These packages will be available to all Islanders across our stores and HQ from financial support and food/personal care packages to mental health and wellbeing support.”


Lewis told staff: “I want to write personally to you all to say that, since starting River Island nearly 70 years ago, I have never known a time when the cost of living has risen so dramatically so quickly and caused so much distress.

“We are committed to helping all of you who make this business what it is. It is difficult to know what the best way is to do this, but I am very pleased with the package of support that we have developed, and I hope that it will go some way to helping.”

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The list of support available is:

  • Islander support payments to all staff, with the exception of our most senior leaders, whether full-time or part-time – one payment in November and one in January.
  • Care packages consisting of food basics sent to stores, with items such as breakfast items, tea, coffee, tinned goods as well as personal care items.
  • Free breakfast and lunch at head office on Mondays & Fridays and free hygiene packs available in all bathrooms.

It has worked with the Retail Trust to create a River Island financial fund, which will be available to all staff across the UK and Ireland that are experiencing financial difficulties with a non-repayable grant

A financial well-being programme has been put in place to support with budgeting and debt management.

Source: Retail Gazette

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