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Interview: Tea Colaianni

19 February 2024 by Natalie Fresen
Meet Tea Colaianni, an industry leader with over 25 years of experience in consumer-facing industries, including pivotal roles at Hilton Hotels and Merlin Entertainments. As the Founder and Chair of WiHTL and Diversity in Retail, Tea is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive working environments, impacting 5 million global employees by 2030. Tea currently serves on multiple boards,Read more >

Building employee engagement and recognition culture: case studies and best practices

18 February 2024 by Emina Demiri-Watson
An engaged and enthusiastic team often separates successful businesses from those that fail in the retail industry, where meeting customer demands is paramount. The foundations of a supportive and uplifting organisational environment are retail employee recognition and engagement. This comprehensive guide aims to explore the fundamentals of retail employee engagement and recognition culture, from itsRead more >

Interview: Gill Smith

17 February 2024 by Natalie Fresen
Meet Gill Smith, the newest judge on the People in Retail Awards 2024 panel. With over 20 years in the FMCG sector, Gill’s journey from chartered accountant to Managing Director at The Perfume Shop showcases her passion for retail and talent development. As a trustee for charities and a board member at the Fragrance Foundation, Gill shapes industryRead more >

The Impact of Employee Awards on Retail Company Culture

13 February 2024 by Natalie Fresen
In the dynamic and fiercely competitive world of retail, where improving customer experience reigns supreme, the importance of company culture is more visible than ever. A recent global talent trends survey reveals that 40% of professionals prioritise company culture and colleague relationships when considering career transitions. In response to this trend, organisations are increasingly recognisingRead more >

Tips for entering HR or People Development Team of the Year Award

22 January 2024 by Natalie Fresen
Considering entry to The People in Retail Awards 2024? Here are 5 tips to showcase your people-centric excellence: To submit an entry for the People Development Team of the Year at the People in Retail Awards 2024 is an opportunity to shine a light on the exceptional commitment of your HR team in fostering the growth andRead more >

Measuring Retail Employee Engagement: Key Metrics and Tools

11 January 2024 by Natalie Fresen
An engaged workforce isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s a key to organisational success in the retail sector. We take a look at how retailers can create a strategy to foster employee engagement and what metrics they should use to measure it by.

Innovative Retail Employee Rewards: Beyond the Financial

9 January 2024 by Natalie Fresen
While employers may think pay rises and bonuses is the way to motivate their workforce, we explore why there effects are short-lived and how using a more tailored and innovative approach to rewarding employees can prove more successful long-term.

Interview: Phil Vickers, Charles Tyrwhitt

9 January 2024 by Natalie Fresen
Meet Phil Vickers, the Director of HR at menswear brand Charles Tyrwhitt and very much the driving force in shaping a workplace culture rooted in transparency and open communication. Phil brings expertise in HR, talent management, and organisational effectiveness. His commitment to positive workplace cultures aligns seamlessly with the awards’ ethos. What inspired you to become a judgeRead more >

Interview: Sean Ghouse

22 November 2023 by Natalie Fresen
Meet Sean Ghouse, the UK Retail Director for Fortnum & Mason and a seasoned retail professional with almost 30 years of experience. Sean’s journey started part-time at Ciro Citterio on Regent Street while pursuing a BA in HR & Psychology. His rich career includes pivotal roles at Harrods, NikeTown London, Matches Fashion.com, and Dunhill’s flagshipRead more >

People in Retail Awards Returns

20 November 2023 by Natalie Fresen
We’re thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited return of the People in Retail Awards for its second year! Following a phenomenal inaugural year, we’ve used your feedback as our compass and we are back with a bang. Entries officially open today, Monday, November 20, 2023, boasting 14 categories. Last year, we witnessed incredible achievements andRead more >

Shining stars: The 2023 Winners

23 September 2023 by Natalie Fresen
The champions have been announced for the People in Retail Awards 2023, recognising and celebrating the exceptional individuals and businesses in the retail sector. Held on 21st September at the Marriott Hotel, London, the awards shone a spotlight on those who have made remarkable contributions and demonstrated excellence; inspiring and setting a benchmark for theRead more >

Shortlist reactions: Celebrating the People in Retail

21 July 2023 by Natalie Fresen
Just over a week since the shortlist for the People in Retail Awards was released, and the excitement is palpable! We’ve witnessed an incredible sense of camaraderie within the retail community. Teams have come together to celebrate each other’s achievements and share their pride in being shortlisted. “People make all the difference,” says Mike Turner,Read more >

Shining shortlist: Retail’s Finest 2023

10 July 2023 by Natalie Fresen
The Retail Bulletin is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated shortlist for the prestigious People in Retail Awards (PIRA) 2023. Like radiant diamonds in the retail crown, these outstanding individuals and businesses have submitted their shining entries, vying for recognition as the brightest stars in the industry. A panel of expert judges, captivated by theRead more >

TRB joins forces with the Retail Trust for a memorable partnership

4 July 2023 by Natalie Fresen
The Retail Bulletin is thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with retail industry charity the Retail Trust for the highly anticipated People in Retail Awards (PIRA) 2023. The People in Retail Awards serve as a prestigious platform to honour and celebrate exceptional individuals and businesses in the retail sector. Recognising outstanding contributions and exemplary achievements,Read more >

Interview: Rebecca Saunders

22 June 2023 by Natalie Fresen
We talk to Rebecca Saunders, Director (Consumer & Retail) at Alvarez & Marsal about why she joined the People in Retail judging panel for the 2023 awards. Why did you choose to take part / be included in the People in Retail Awards? I’m passionate about retail and having worked as a buyer, entrepreneur, and consultant inRead more >

? 5 Reasons to celebrate Retail Rockstars! ?

19 June 2023 by Natalie Fresen
The People in Retail Awards are dedicated to acknowledging, showcasing, and celebrating the exceptional individuals who deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions and excellence in the retail sector. It’s time to shine the spotlight on the rockstars of retail and those making a significant difference in our industry. But wait, there’s more! The awards promiseRead more >

Entry advice from DEI Expert & Judge Yemi Akisanya

11 April 2023 by Natalie Fresen
Ahead of entry deadline, we talk to Yemi Akisanya for some further top tips on entering the People in Retail Awards: Focus on the customer: The most successful retail businesses put their customers at the heart of everything they do. Make sure your entry showcases how your company is putting customers first, whether through excellentRead more >

Top Tips from our Judges

11 April 2023 by Natalie Fresen
Not long now to get your award winning entries for the People in Retail Awards in! With this in mind, we talk to our judging panel for some thoughts about entering and advice on acing those 2023 submissions:    First things first, Krisi Smith suggests that you “Play to your strengths and choose the entry typeRead more >

Interview: Neil Pickering, UKG

6 April 2023 by Natalie Fresen
We talk to Neil Pickering, Senior Manager HR Innovation at UKG about why he joined the People in Retail judging panel for the 2023 awards. Why did you choose to take part / be included in the People in Retail Awards? I was delighted to be invited to join the judging panel for the 2023 PeopleRead more >

Interview: Kasey Swithenbank, Lush

25 March 2023 by Natalie Fresen
We talk to Kasey Swithenbank, Head of Retail UK&I for Lush about why she has joined the People in Retail judging panel for the 2023 awards. Why did you choose to take part / be included in the People in Retail Awards? “You don’t build a business, you build people and people build the business” said by ZigRead more >