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Looking for retails brightest stars

Looking for retails brightest stars
Entries open for Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars 2011 Awards
The search for retails brightest stars has begun as entries open for this years Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards.
The prestigious annual awards, organised by Retail Week and headline sponsored by Skillsmart Retail, recognise the best talent in all areas of retail, from the shop-floor to head office. 
Each of the 14 award categories will identify individuals who demonstrate outstanding talent, intuition and ambition in their roles singling them out as the ones to watch for the future.
For the first time retailers can also enter the new customer service category. This award celebrates the highest service standards in retail, recognising those who have shown they understand the need for delivery of consistent, top-quality customer service across their business.
Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: These awards are an excellent way to recognise the breadth and depth of skills in retail.  We want to celebrate those individuals and teams who not only work hard, but make a real difference to the companies they work for.     
The awards cover all sections of retail.  Whether you are an independent or high-street store this is your perfect chance to recognise those who have been a real asset to your business.
Two awards, the Skillsmart Retail Apprentice of the Year and National Skills Academy for Retail Learner of the Year, give special praise to learners in retail who have chosen to fast-track their careers and gain qualifications while at work. 
Skillsmart Retail Patron and Apprentice Champion, Chairman of Ryman and Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis, will be attending the awards ceremony.  He said: Work-based learning is a way to learn while youre actually being paid, in an environment where you know youre going to progress and, most importantly, see your achievements at work every single day. These awards will celebrate those who have shown passion, enthusiasm and commitment through their learning and have the potential to be great leaders in retail.
Those that encourage and help individuals into retail will also be celebrated with the National Skills Academy for Retail awards Trainer of the Year, recognising training excellence and Ambassador of the Year, thanking those who inspired students to take a career in retail.  
The closing date for entries is Friday 3 June, after which a team of retail experts will shortlist the individuals and teams that stand out as excellent retailers. The winners will then be announced at a glamorous awards ceremony held on 8 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
The highlight of the evening will be the Retail Week Rising Star of the Year award, chosen from all category winners.
Entries can be made online at 


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