The winner of the Retail Leader of the Year award is Stephanie Steidle from 77 Diamonds.

This award shines a light on an individual blazing a trail in the retail market.

The individual should have a proven record of innovating and increasing sales this year.

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This category shines a light on an individual blazing a trail in the retail market, a senior team member with a proven record of innovating and increasing sales this year.

All of the shortlisted individuals and many more besides have been working double-time in 2021 to keep their business offerings fresh and profitable in the ever-changing retail landscape, and any one of them would have been a worthy winner.

In the end, diamond jewellery retailer 77 Diamonds head of sales, Stephanie Steidle, was voters’ choice.

She has shouldered a mammoth workload in 2021, overseeing the opening of two international showrooms and even training new staff, all while somehow managing to meet her usual sales targets.

The rest of the nominees in this category were:

Anna Blackburn – Beaverbrooks

Michelle Dilley – Lumbers

Joe Walsh – Laings

Simon Walton – Berry’s

Nick Withington – William May Jewellers 

Click here to find out the winners in the other categories.