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Women in retail: shaping the future

Some of the UK’s leading female retailers are showing their support to encourage girls and women to see the career potential in retail as the countdown to the everywoman in retail awards draws to a close.

By highlighting the industry's inspirational women and celebrating their successes and achievements, the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador programme aims to highlight the contributions that women are making to their field and to encourage more women to pursue a career in the sector. Every year, the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador programme celebrates role models who individually represent the best of female talent working in retail today. Collectively they give a comprehensive snapshot of what success looks like at all ages and stages of a career in retail, and across all divisions of the industry. The women awarded Retail Ambassador status at this annual ceremony will be profiled as exemplary role models – not just in retail, but the wider business community.

Here, the co-founders and key supporters of the scheme talk about the scheme and its impact on the future of retail.

Holly Tucker, MBE
Co-founder, notonthehighstreet.com

Notonthehighstreet.com was founded by Ms Tucker and her business partner Sophie Cornish MBE in 2006. Bringing together more than 4,000 of the UK’s most creative small businesses, this unique online department store offers more than 100,000 original, inspirational lifestyle products, many of which are bespoke and made to order.

Notonthehighstreet.com is changing the face of UK enterprise by supporting growing small businesses offering a route to market for designer-makers who would otherwise struggle for custom or lose out in the battle with high street giants.



Helen Dickinson

Director general, the British Retail Consortium

The BRC is the lead trade association for the entire retail industry, from large multiples, independents, high streets and out of town and online

Its mission is to make a positive difference to the industry by advancing vibrant and consumer-focused retail. It works in partnership with members to shape debates and influence outcomes, working with the Government to ensure a competitive market, which creates the right conditions for growth and innovation.

Karen Gill, MBE

Co-founder, everywoman

Being selected as an ambassador will attract attention and support from the business world, government, industry and the press. It will recognise the woman as an inspirational ‘role model’ who will inspire more women and girls to consider a career in the retail industry.

Maxine Benson, MBE

Co-founder, everywoman

Founded in 1999, everywoman is a global membership organisation that champions the advancement of women. Members include well known companies looking to develop and retain a pipeline of female leaders, and women who are looking to advance themselves in organisations or their own business.

Sophie MacIntyre

Monday, 1 September 2014 at 4:32pm

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