In the ever-evolving world of retail, standing out requires more than just a great location or an extensive product range. It demands a workforce led with vision, passion, and a deep understanding of both people and industry. David Anderson, Head of People at Rough Trade, joins Baltic Creative’s Bloom event, to talk about community engagement, placemaking, and the evolving dynamics of workplace culture.

David’s Retail Journey

David’s career in the retail world saw him move through the ranks of grocery, clothing and music retail. Before joining Rough Trade, David spent 15 years at Gap Outlet, where he managed stores across the UK and led initiatives with organisations like the Prince’s Trust.

David joined Rough Trade over two years ago as Head of Retail, marking the beginning of a new chapter. Transitioning into his current role as Head of People, David redefined what it means to manage people in retail. His ethos is to focus on learning and development, integrity, and community engagement. His efforts underscore a commitment to the growth of the business and every individual within it.

David prioritises learning and development to ensure that Rough Trade’s staff are empowered individuals with a clear path to growth. His work extends beyond the internal mechanisms of HR, improving aspects like mental health and wellbeing. Their partnership with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to combat suicide was a proud moment showing the power of community engagement and support.

Rough Trade in Liverpool

Founded in 1976, Rough Trade has grown from a small London shop into a global presence, championing diverse music. Punk rock, indie pop, new wave, and electronic are only some of the genres on their roster. The company’s journey mirrors a commitment to artistic diversity and integrity. 

Liverpool’s new Rough Trade store, opening this week on Hanover Street, represents an ongoing mission to enrich the communities it serves. For David, the move to Liverpool is a chance to engage with a new community and to bring Rough Trade’s legacy of independent music to a city with its own rich musical history. Their new store promises an extensive catalogue of vinyl, merchandise, and a vibrant community space for events!

David will share his insights on the “place” panel at Bloom on 8th May. The panel will highlight the importance of place, community, and curation of workplace cultures that resonate with future generations. It will offer a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s dynamic work environments.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about Rough Trade’s journey to Liverpool and to hear firsthand from David Anderson. Secure your tickets now and be part of an inspiring conversation!