Dame Anita Roddick, the entrepreneur who progressed from a single Body Shop opposite a funeral parlour in Kensington Gardens in Brighton’s North Laine to 2,000 stores in 53 countries 30 years later, has died at the age of 64.
She borrowed a couple of thousand pounds from a neighbour to establish her first shop and sold the franchise to L’Oreal in 2006 for over £650m. Having done so she announced that she would give away her fortune saying "I don't want to die rich"
Ahead of her time in terms of innovative retailing and leading a sustainable lifestyle she introduced the concept refillable bottles, not testing cosmetics on animals and biodegradable bags.
She made a household name of organisations such as Trade Not Aid, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Big Issue and Amnesty International via coordinated advertising campaigns in every Body Shop window in the UK.
Brighton was proud of her. The world will miss her.
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