As well as selling the odd bit of furniture and flooring every now and then, Gillies also believe that community involvement is very important; after all it's the people from the local and surrounding areas who support us with their purchases! Every year we strive to be involved in local community projects around the East of Scotland. Below are just a few examples of how we like to get involved and support local events, projects or good causes.

RNLI - Broughty Ferry

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that changes lives at sea. They offer a 24hr lifeboat search and rescue service to the whole of UK with the Scottish lifeboat stations being some of the busiest.

During recent years there were an average of 24 people per day rescued by an RNLI lifeboat, bringing these people back home to their families and loved ones. The RNLI relies on people giving their money and time with most of the crew being fully dedicated volunteers.

The Broughty Ferry station has two fully functional lifeboats;


Elizabeth of Glamis

The Trent class all-weather lifeboat was first introduced in 1994 and has a range of 250 nautical miles and a top speed of 25 knots. Since its launch it has been one of the most integral parts of the station in Broughty Ferry and continues to save lives off the shores of East Scotland.


Sheila Barrie

This small D-class inflatable was first launched in 1963 and is used for rescues close into the shore in moderate conditions. The Sheila Barrie has also been an excellent asset being able to manoeuvre more quickly than its sister boat within the River Tay.

The RNLI is particularly special to Gillies as we have four members of our staff that dedicate their time as local volunteers.

Ian Philp- Chairman
Peter Hay- Second Coxswain
David Philp- Crewman
Ewan Philp- Crewman

We are proud of our volunteers that dedicate their time to help keep the local shore safe. If you would like to support or help with the funding for the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat please contact:

Broughty Ferry

Our founder James Gillies (sen) played an active role in the community ever since he opened our flagship store in his beloved Broughty Ferry in 1906, at one point he was even a local councillor.

His successor, James Gillies (Jnr) carried on within his father’s footsteps, serving 44 years as a local councillor, including campaigning for the construction of the Tay road bridge. Furthermore James Gillies went on to be presented an OBE for his services to Broughty Ferry and Dundee, becoming acting provost for a year, appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Dundee and was even the last person to be given the freedom of the city before regionalisation.

As Gillies continues to be a family run business, we continue to believe that supporting the local community and the people and businesses within is very important.

In doing this, Gillies are active members of the Broughty Ferry Traders Association where two company Directors are committee members and assist with community matters and local events.

Gillies are also proud sponsors of the Broughty Ferry Christmas Light switch-on event and the New Year’s Day Dook, as well as supporters of the Broughty Ferry gala week. These are all tremendous opportunities to see the community come together, whether it is taking a stroll down Brook Street to look at the festive lights and the local shop windows, or having a dip in the sea on the first day of the New Year! The communities of Broughty Ferry and surrounding areas, as well as our stores in Perth, Aberdeen and Montrose, support Gillies very loyally with their purchases and we love being able to contribute back by sponsoring, supporting and helping at local events.


Christmas Display Windows

Creating an eye-catching and enjoyable Christmas window has always been one of the favourite projects of the year, none more so than in 1992 when Gillies were delighted to receive a civic commendation from Lord Provost Tom McDonald for having been one of the two commercial concerns in Dundee that had done the most to add a festive touch to their premises for Christmas. Recently, Gillies have introduced a collection box for anybody wanting to express their thanks. Each year, Gillies will nominate a local charity and in true Christmas spirit everyone’s hard work and effort pays off and we are able to raise money for our nominated charity.

The Archie Foundation

In 2016, our Christmas window appeal supported the Archie foundation. Due to your efforts we were able to raise an impressive £1000 to help the local Tayside children.

Every year the Archie Foundation has an impact on the healthcare of over 175,000 sick children. From toys to specialist healthcare equipment and everything in between, the volunteers at the Archie Foundation are dedicated to helping locally sick children.

The Archie Foundation is the official charity of the Tayside Children’s Hospital.

In November 2014 The ARCHIE Foundation launched a £2million appeal towards providing a new children’s theatre suit with two dedicated operating theatres all within the existing Children’s Hospital. The current children’s surgical ward in Ninewells Hospital isn’t within the Tayside Children’s Hospital.It only has one single operating theatre and a small ward for day case patients. By bringing it close to the rest of the children’s facilities and adding another operating theatre many more children will benefit from the wonderful care of one of the best child healthcare services in the country.

If you would like to help and donate to the Archie Foundation you can do so by visiting or by emailing