Retail Week's Rising Stars Awards

The Retail Week Rising Stars Awards in association with theo paphitis RETAIL GROUP for the past 12 years have prided themselves on being a platform for retail chiefs to provide recognition to emerging talent in their businesses. If you have a team member making a positive impact to your business, the Rising Stars Awards is the perfect place for them to shine. 

Entries have now been extended to Friday 20 May 2016 - START YOUR ENTRY TODAY

What's new for 2016?

  • NEW category: Employer Initiative of the Year to ensure all retail businesses that have run, or are running, an employee initiative aimed at educating, training and developing employees working for the brand have an opportunity to step into the spot light and show how they make a difference to their staff's careers.
  • Reworked the category questons: fine-tuned the criteria to ensure you put forward the most suitable candidates 
  • Even more excitement and competitions: we have introduced cool shortlist gifts, table booking competitions and great picture opportunities at the awards  (all will be revealed leading up to the night)
  • New judges from leading UK retailers: added to the expert judging panel includes brands such as M&S, Primark, Dixons Carphone, Lego, The White Company, Harrods, Tesco, Ikea and  Holland and Barrett.



Executive Talent Director

Co-operative Group



Managing Director

Oxford Summer School



Head of HR

Retail for Debenhams



Head of HR

BCM - Walgreens Boots Alliance







Group Head of Learning and Development

Theo Paphitis Retail Group

Hear from Our Retail Week Rising Stars Ambassador

Retail Week Rising Stars is proudly sponsored by Theo Paphitis, one of the UK’s most high profile businessmen, with an empire spanning retail, property, finance and consumer goods.

Hear what he has to say about the awards:

“For me, the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards in association with theo paphitis RETAIL GROUP is a pivotal momement in the retail calendar, recognising the talent and aspiring future leaders of retail makes me enormously proud to be part of such a great industry".   

Theo Paphitis - Retail Week Rising Stars ambassador and Owner, theo paphitis RETAIL GROUP


Awards highlights 2015

Expert Feedback

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This is a really good opportunity to showcase the talent in the retail industry.

Adrian Shooter, Executive Talent Director - Awards Judge, The Co-operative Group

You always hope you are doing a good job on a day-to-day basis, so for someone to recognise that...

Victoria Holland, 2015 Winner of Finance/Central Functions Team/Individual of the Year, BHS

It's great to be recognised as a business especially when you look at the scale of the...

Lucy Nettleingham, 2015 Winner of Store Manager of the Year-20,000 sq ft. plus, Dixons Carphone

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