Organisation’s 2012 awards celebrate young, rising stars in UK retail.

Skillsmart Retail, the organisation aiming to become the recognised authority on retailers’ skills needs and priorities in the UK, has launched its Retail Rising Star Awards for 2012 – a chance to celebrate the future leaders of UK retail.

The awards aim to recognise and celebrate young retail talent in the UK, with Skillsmart offering “as the retail sector continues to contend with a tough trading climate, the importance of rewarding achievements and boosting morale continues to be paramount”.


Skillsmart Retail will work with a panel of retailers and retail experts to help select those individuals and teams whose flair and initiative is making a true difference within their organisations.

The organisation is encouraging UK retailers to enter any young members of staff they feel have the “gold standard” into the Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards.

Skillsmart adds that, by entering staff members, retailers will be recognising those individuals and give them the confidence to grow within their jobs, will raise the profile of retail careers in their companies and will celebrate success and show what retail careers can offer.

It also says the awards help to encourage self-belief and confidence in staff by giving them the chance to gain recognition for their achievements, while positioning companies as leaders in training, career development and talent management.

Anyone interested in entering members of staff to this year’s awards can do so until May 18, via the Skillsmart site.

The awards will take place on September 5 at the Grovenor House Hotel in London.