Reinventing retail – celebrating 10 years of female role models

Nominations open for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme.

The 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme has launched its 10th anniversary search for the industry’s most inspiring female role models. Drawing on the theme of “Reinventing Retail” this year’s programme recognises the role that technology has played in the transformation of the retail industry over recent years as well as what its impact is predicted to be in the future.

As the UK’s largest private sector employer, the retail industry is expected to increase its recruitment requirements by 14% in 2017 up to 3.3 million employees, demonstrating the growth of opportunities within this fast evolving sector.

Digital development is the hot prediction for 2017 with brands investing heavily to add value to customer experiences and increase the efficiency of operations within the business. 2 Major retailers are already exploring enhanced shopping experiences such as personal recognition, digital wallets, artificial intelligence and robotics, all of which are set to further transform the way we shop.

This year’s 10th anniversary programme is inviting nominations by and for women whose career triumphs have shown true vision and inspiration. The programme’s mission is to celebrate individuals whose success makes them an ambassador for their industry and a role model for other women and young girls considering a career in retail. They will be women of all ages, at different stages in their careers and with wide ranging skills. They may include entrepreneurs with innovative retail businesses or those whose talents are contributing to positive change in the organisations they work for.

There is no cost to nominate and the deadline for applications is 15th May 2017. For further details visit

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “We’re proud to have reached this ten-year milestone of celebrating women in retail. As we look back, it is fantastic to see what an impact this programme has had on the careers of our previous Ambassadors and how their success continues to grow.
A major focus for retailers is delivering the ideal customer service. With research showing that gender diverse organisations are more innovative and in touch with their customer base, this year’s programme will shine the spotlight on those women who are going above and beyond to ensure that customer expectations are met. They will be extraordinary women whose careers and stories are inspiring others to see the diversity that retail offers.”

Kirsty Whitehead, General Counsel at Worldpay UK continues, “Worldpay is proud to be supporting everywoman for another year and we’re delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. At Worldpay we’re in a privileged position to work with hundreds of thousands of retailers of all sizes across the UK, helping them take card payments instore, online and on the move. I’m looking forward to hearing the inspirational stories of some of the women who are excelling in this dynamic sector and celebrating their success on a national stage.”

The 2017 Ambassadors will be announced at an Awards ceremony and dinner on 12th September at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY.


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