By highlighting inspirational female role models who are excelling, the awards aim to demonstrate to other talented individuals the exceptional opportunities offered by a career in retail. Research released last month by the Professional Boards Forum found that the number of female directors in British boardrooms has reached its highest ever level at 14.9 per cent. The Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards celebrate the success of the sector’s female leaders and seek to encourage a pipeline of future talent into the industry.
Maxine Benson, co-founder of everywoman, commented: “Retail is an attractive sector offering flexibility and the opportunity to learn transferable skills. Given that women are estimated to be responsible for around 70 per cent of household purchasing decisions* clearly it is essential that the management of retail companies reflects the demographic of their customer base. The economic climate means retailers need to think intelligently to remain competitive. Those companies that nurture and progress their female talent will be those most likely to reap success.”
Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, said: “There are some excellent opportunities for women in the retail industry. Although there are not as many women in senior positions as there should be, there are many good prospects. At Specsavers, many of our stores are owned by female opticians who recognise the importance of excellent customer service and high retail standards.”
The awards are open for entry until 14 May 2012. The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy on 13 September 2012. For further information visit www.everywoman.com/retailawards
* Women on Boards report, October 2011