Stars of Retail – Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards

The stars of retail were celebrated last night at Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

The cream of retail talent from across the UK came together for the annual awards ceremony, with star guest Theo Paphitis, to find out who would be named the best talent in retail.

The prestigious annual awards, organised by Retail Week and sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, celebrate all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office, and the individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles – singling them out as the ones to watch for the future.

Almost 80 people and teams from a range of businesses and skills shops across the country battled it out in 17 categories, hoping to get their hands on one of the much sought after trophies.

The winners in the Skillsmart Retail and National Skills Academy for Retail categories were:

  • Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year
    April Bell, Monica F. Hewitt Florists, Sheffield
  • Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year – Highly Commended
    Abbey Fenton, Funky Viking, Eastbourne
  • National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year
    Karolina Sulinska, Superdrug, Tilbury, Essex
  • National Skills Academy for Retail Trainer of the Year
    Marcus Pescod, Central South East Skills Shop, Brighton
  • National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year

Suzanne Burnett, Marks & Spencer, London

Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, Chairman of Ryman and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis said: “I congratulate all of the finalists in the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards. These people are an inspiration to the industry and are great examples of the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and sheer passion required to make it in retail.

“They show every sign of becoming tomorrow’s leaders and I look forward to seeing them develop their careers in what I believe to be the most dynamic and exciting industry.”

Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “Well done to all the winners and finalists. They are an asset to the UK retail industry and I am sure they will all do extremely well in their future careers“These awards are an excellent way to celebrate the breadth of skills in retail. They recognise those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for.”

For more information on the Skillsmart Rising Stars Awards please visitwww.retailweekrisingstars.co.uk

 

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