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Boots named overall winners of the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards 2014

18 September 2014
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Last week, Retail Week, Ryman and ambassador Theo Paphitis were joined by top retailers from across the country to celebrate the future leaders of retail at this year’s Retail Week Rising Stars Awards.

Boots UK fought off stiff competition to scoop five category wins and the coveted overall Rising Star of the Year gong at an awards ceremony held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Simon Roberts, Managing Director, Boots UK and Republic of Ireland, said: “Supporting young people in starting and developing their careers is incredibly important to us.  We’re committed to finding, nurturing and developing the best people and future leaders in the retail industry and so this was a very special occasion for us.   In my view, the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards is one of the most important events in our industry as it celebrates exceptional rising talent in retail and showcases exciting possibilities for the future. I am incredibly proud and humbled that five of the winners recognised in the awards this year are from Boots.” 

Retail Week Rising Stars ambassador Theo Paphitis, one of the UK’s most high profile businessmen, with an empire spanning retail, property, finance and consumer goods, said:  “For me, the Rising Stars Awards from Retail Week is a vitally important awards ceremony, not only for retail, but also for how it recognises future leaders of the retail world.”  
Retail Week’s news editor and host of the Rising Stars Awards , Nicola Harrison, said: “Retail Week is proud to champion young talent within the UK’s vibrant retail industry through our Rising Stars Awards. I’m delighted to see such a stellar group of winners this year and we wish them every success as they continue their careers in retail.”

Full list of the Retail Week Rising Stars winners 2014, in association with Ryman:

  • Ryman Retail Week Rising Star of the Year
  • Sam Allison, Boots International
  • Buyer/Merchandiser – Team/Individual of the Year
  • Paul Neizawitowski, Boots UK
  • Store Support Team/Manager of the Year
  • James Stewart, Dixons Carphone
  • Online Team/Individual of the Year
  • Sam Allison, Boots International
  • Marketing Team/Individual of the Year
  • James Frapwell & Sophie Moule, Clarks
  • HR/Training Team/Individual of the Year
  • Gary Philpott, Argos
  • Customer Service Team/Individual of the Year
  • Ben Masters, Hobbycraft
  • Store Manager of the year – 0 – 5,000 sq ft
  • Josh Boulton, Iceland Foods
  • Store Manager of the Year – 6,000 sq ft – 20,000 sq ft
  • Gemma Howard, Boots UK
  • Store Manager of the Year – 21,000 sq ft – 50,000 sq ft
  • Natascha Jesuvant, Tesco
  • Store Manager of the Year – 51,000 sq ft plus
  • Marsha Smith, IKEA
  • Graduate of the Year
  • Elizabeth Dunn, Boots UK
  • Area Manager of the Year
  • Laura Darling, Warehouse
  • City & Guilds Kineo Apprentice of the Year
  • Zoe Rawnsley, Boots  UK

Retail Week is proud to partner with the prestigious Oxford Summer School and will be offering the winner of our overall Rising Star of the Year award a complimentary place to attend the centre of learning for retail excellence in 2015.
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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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