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SATCoL defends relationship with Kettering Textiles Ltd

The Salvation Army Trading Company (SATCoL) has defended its contract with Kettering Textiles, commenting that it has been “completely transparent about how we work together”.

 In a statement, SATCoL managing director Trevor Caffull said: “In addition to the information available at Companies House, we have a statement on all our door-to-door collection bags and our website explaining how we operate, which the fundraising standards board (FRSB) has confirmed is fully compliant with current fundraising legislation.”

The comments follow a Guardian story in January, which revealed that Kettering Textiles earned almost £10m over the last three years.

However, Caffull explained that the fee Kettering Textiles charges is “negotiated on a fixed arrangement” in which net profit is divided in the ratio of 67% to SATCoL and 33% to Kettering Textiles.

This means that at market values correct as of February 2011, SATCoL will receive £260 per tonne of donated clothing.

Caffull says: “Having worked together for two decades we have a high level of trust in Kettering Textiles and are fully satisfied that its input into our clothing collection scheme has allowed us to generate more funds for the Salvation Army than if we were to have worked with any other commercial operator.”

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