Friday Mar 15, 2013

Sir Philip Green Scoops Biggest Prize in Retail - Simon Cowell Presents Oracle Retail Week Award

At last night’s Oracle Retail Week Awards, Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green received the biggest talent prize in British Retail - The Outstanding Contribution to Retail Award.  This celebrated distinction was given to Sir Philip Green in recognition of his brilliant and permanent impact on the British Retail industry. Honouring this level of retail talent, it was befitting that music industry mogul and X-Factor judge Simon Cowell presented the man of the hour with this accolade. The Oracle Retail Week Awards were held at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London with a gala dinner attended by over 1,500 leading British retailers and industry supporters.

Sir Philip Green has made his mark on British fashion with a keen eye for talent spotting. He has been instrumental, not only in the launch of the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA), but in its on-going success year on year. He is an inspiration and a hands-on mentor to the talented young people that are nurtured, promoted and launched out into the retail industry. Today he remains one of the FRA’s strongest supporters.

This is a commitment shared by Oracle Retail and many other leading British retailers. The organisation was the first National Skills Academy to be opened in the UK in September 2006 to educate and train budding young retailers for the modern workplace. The Academy has equipped many students with the necessary skills and best practice to launch their careers in the vibrant British Fashion Retail industry.

This video shows how the FRA is all about preparing young talented people to have a glittering career in retail. We at Oracle are very proud supporters of the Fashion Retail Academy - this video says it all. Warm Congratulations to Sir Philip Green and the staff and students at the FRA who work hard every day for the success of the retail industry.

Further information on Oracle’s involvement in the Fashion Retail Academy can be found at: http://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/about/other-supporters/oracle.

The Oracle Retail Week Awards – Winners Announced!

The 2013 Oracle Retail Week Awards took place in London last night and proved to be a fantastic event celebrating the best in British retail. Over 1,600 guests saw Sir Philip Green collect the Outstanding Contribution to Retail Award and John Lewis named Oracle Retailer of the Year, during the ceremony hosted by impressionist, playwright and comedian Rory Bremner.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

  • Oracle Retailer of the Year – John Lewis
  • The Clarity Search Retail Leader of the Year – Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Alliance Boots
  • Outstanding Contribution to Retail – Sir Philip Green
  • The Zolfo Cooper Growth Retailer of the Year – Aldi UK
  • The Wipro Retail International Retailer of the Year - Zara
  • Store Manager of the Year – Stephanie Hush, Hobbycraft, Dundee
  • International Growth Retailer of the Year – Debenhams
  • Retail Destination of the Year – St Stephen’s, Hull
  • Store Design of the Year – Fat Face, Chichester
  • Pure-Play Retailer of the Year – Asos
  • Speciality Retailer of the Year – Hotel Chocolat
  • Advertising Campaign of the Year – Sainsbury’s Winning in 2012
  • Multichannel Retailer of the Year – John Lewis
  • Customer Service Initiative of the Year – Majestic
  • Employer of the Year – Sainsbury’s
  • Technology Initiative of the Year – Debenhams, Endless Aisle
  • Product Innovation of the Year – Asda, Fish Made Simple
  • CSR Initiative – Marks and Spencer, Shwopping

Further information regarding the Oracle Retail Week Awards is available on the event website.

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