Retail’s ‘Rising Stars’ get a step closer to top industry award

 

TheoThe stars of tomorrow’s high street face an anxious wait to find out which of them will be crowned Rising Star of the Year, after the finalists were announced for The National Skills Academy for Retail’s prestigious Rising Stars Awards.

All now get the chance to meet Theo Paphitis, long time star of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Chairman of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas and founder of the lingerie brand Boux Avenue, at a star-studded ceremony in central London.

The awards recognise the best talent in every area of retail, from star apprentices to top-notch marketers, store managers and buyers and 2013’s finalists have demonstrated outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles, singling them out as ones to watch.

Almost 80 individuals and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops across the country will now have to wait until the ceremony on 12th September to find out which of them will walk away with one of 17 Rising Stars trophies. The category winners will then all be in with a chance of being named the overall ‘Rising Star of the Year’.

The finalists have all been invited to the black tie ceremony at the five-star luxury Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair. This year’s event will be attended by top names in retail, including host, Theo Paphitis.

Three categories that always draw lots of attention are ‘Apprentice’, ‘Learner’ and ‘Trainer’ of the year, which showcase young talent, those who have used training to benefit their business and the people who work hard to ensure retail has a highly skilled, highly productive and qualified workforce. The shortlisted finalists in these categories are:

Apprentice of the Year

§  Craig Dennis of Ryman, Wimbledon

§  Paul Paxon of USC Clothing, Doncaster, with The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield

Learner of the Year

§  Sam Malvern of Inside Out, Cheltenham, with Acorn Skills Shop

§  Alma Edwards of Royal Voluntary Service, Liverpool, with Wirral Metropolitan College

Trainer of the Year

§  Emma Boyle of Southern Retail Skills Shop, Portadown

§  Paula Windle of The Source Skills Academy, Sheffield

This year’s event will be attended by top names in retail, and hosted by Theo Paphitis.

He says: “Retail is a talent-filled industry and it takes commitment, passion and hard work to reach the finals of the Rising Stars Awards. I congratulate the finalists on a fantastic achievement so far and am looking forward to meeting them on the night.

“The Retail Stars Awards are a fantastic way to unearth and reward the best talent and all of the finalists have proved that they can go on to have a great future in the fast-paced world of our industry.”

Jane Rexworthy, Head of The National Skills Academy for Retail says: “Being shortlisted in this category is a fantastic achievement and all our finalists fully deserve it. There is wonderful breadth of talent throughout the retail sector and these awards are a fantastic way to unearth and reward the best.”

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