Window of Opportunity for Best Retail Artists

The finest teams of retail artists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, will battle it out this month to be crowned the UK’s number one visual merchandiser. The ten pairs of visual merchandisers (VMs) compete in student and professional categories, building full-scale window displays on the theme ‘Future of Retail: 2060’ at the grand final of skillVM, the UK’s only live window dressing competition. Held at the In-Store Show (part of Marketing Week Live) on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th June at Olympia in West London, the 20 finalists will create their windows in front of thousands of industry professionals, all looking for the latest and most innovative retail ideas. In the student category of skillVM, organised by Skillsmart Retail, 17 teams competed... »

Visual Merchandising

skillVM Visual Merchandising Competition

6 finalists are set to battle for top honours at a competition to find the nation’s most highly skilled window dresser – known in the industry as Visual Merchandising. Launched by Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas, the final will see the best student and professional visual merchandisers from across the UK create window displays against the clock and judged by industry professionals at the annual event at London’s Olympia. Visual merchandising encompasses everything from window dressing to in-store displays. Visual Merchandisers can change the fortunes of any shop and the people behind the displays are the unsung heroes of retail. As well finding the UK’s best visual merchandisers, skillVM could also prove the springboard to success on a global level with the... »