Win Retail Training inspired by Mary Portas, Queen of Shops

Scholarships offered to the Mary Portas guide to successful retailing.

Win Retail Training with Mary Portas, Queen of ShopsThree full days of retail training and two nights in central London are being offered to small business owners and managers from across the UK, courtesy of Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Four lucky retailers will win the chance to attend the most popular three master classes from the hugely successful Mary Portas guide to successful retailing, which launched in July this year.

Created by Skillsmart Retail and inspired by the Queen of Shops herself, the seven master class programme is aimed at giving small and independent retailers the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to compete in today’s tough retail landscape.

In just seven weeks, the Mary Portas guide to successful retailing has seen hundreds of delegates attend master classes across the country with bookings continuing to flood in. There are currently 183 master classes planned in the coming months with more being arranged all the time.

The bespoke scholarship package, worth well over £1,000, will see the four winners complete the three most popular master classes over three days from 25th to 27th January 2011, in central London.

The three master classes are:

  • My shop, my future: Building, mobilising and maintaining a vision for your business
  • Selling and service skills: Standing out from the crowd with customer service that brings success
  • Creating desire: Visual merchandising and the ‘wow’ factor to set your shop apart from the rest

As well as the fees and all course materials, the prize covers two nights’ accommodation in central London with breakfast, and lunch on all three days. And as with all master classes, training will be delivered by retail experts, quality assured by the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said:

“Mary Portas is regarded by everyone as one of this country’s leading retail experts and the master classes have proved a huge hit for small and medium retailers.”

“These scholarships are a great opportunity for the winning retailers to experience three of the master classes and learn how they can really push themselves and their businesses forward.”

Delivered exclusively though the National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of 32 retail skills shops on high streets and in shopping centres throughout the country, the Mary Portas guide to successful retailing comprises easy to understand step-by-step guides, interactive workshops and video case studies with insights drawn from Mary’s own wealth of retail knowledge. Each gives the hints and tips needed to turn a business into a productive, high-performing retail store.

Mary Portas said:

“We’re losing independents from our high streets, we have huge multiples that are driving in with sophisticated operations and we need to bring that sophistication and knowledge in a different way to the independent sector.

“I’ve been working with Skillsmart Retail because they have the infrastructure and the ability to really make this happen. I’ve worked with them on the vision and they have developed an incredible training course that I’m proud to put my name to.”

For more information on the scholarships and to download an application form, please visit

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