FX and international payments specialist, moneycorp, has announced a year-long partnership with Walpole, the official sector body for luxury in the UK. The partnership will see moneycorp mentoring 12 British brands selected to join Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow programme. The Class of 2020 is: Anabela Chan, Anatome, Araminta Campbell, Country of Origin, Dai, Hedoine, Matthew Cox, Pepa & Co, Ruuby, Shackleton, Simpsons and Suitcase.
As a key pillar of Walpole’s mission to develop British luxury Brands of Tomorrow helps 12 fledgling British luxury companies to fulfil their potential by providing them with the tools and skills to take their businesses to the next level. Following in the footsteps of iconic brands, this year’s cohort will join alumni that includes, Astley Clarke, Charlotte Olympia, Emilia Wickstead and more.
The partnership will give the brands access to moneycorp’s expertise in a number of ways including one-on-one mentoring, individual support in their international payment needs, guidance on the world of foreign exchange, and insight into how financial operations and access to specialist services can impact a business’s bottom line.
Market conditions, Brexit, changing rules for import/export across the globe and calls for more sustainability are all considerations for companies operating in the luxury goods industry. But, with sector expertise in fashion, travel, food and drink, moneycorp understands that currency costs can weigh into the bottom line of luxury brands, and so effective currency risk strategy and management is vital in helping the “best of British” reach their global goals, tomorrow and beyond.
Lee McDarby, Managing Director, International Payments at moneycorp, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Walpole to support luxury British brands, especially having the ability to be there to support businesses during these current market conditions. It’s inspiring to see so many of the brands Walpole works with navigating the current landscape with true British grit, and we are here to help businesses keep an eye on risks associated with the financial markets.
“Ultimately we are all navigating these choppy waters together, with moneycorp and Walpole on hand to guide SMEs when it comes to foreign exchange, and crucially risk management for companies who import and export globally, allowing them to focus on the main priorities such as protecting their workforces right now.”
Helen Brocklebank, Chief Executive, Walpole, commented: “The new partnership aligns perfectly for Walpole and the Brands of Tomorrow programme and we are delighted to welcome moneycorp. A key success factor for Britain’s luxury brands is their ability to trade internationally, and this year’s Brands of Tomorrow, despite being such diverse businesses, all share an ambition to appeal to consumers worldwide. The expertise moneycorp will provide on navigating foreign exchange and international payment needs will be invaluable to our brands, and will be such a game-changer for the programme.”
As well as mentoring the class of 2020, will also be offering its competitive exchange rates and low fees, exceptional customer care, and access to its secure online platform to the alumni of the programme, along with the wider Walpole family.
Moneycorp join fellow Brands of Tomorrow partners including international law firm Mischcon de Reya and the 12 executives who are paired with the brands to mentor on the broader aspects of leading and growing a luxury brand.