Last call for entries in 2011 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards

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2010 Award winner Anna Bance, founder of Girl Meets Dress

2010 Award winner Anna Bance, founder of Girl Meets Dress

Entry to the 2011 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards closes at 5pm on 23 May 2011.

The awards highlight inspirational role models and their accomplishments within the retail sector.

According to the 2010 Skillsmart Retail Analysis, 2.8m people in the UK work in retail and over 60% of are women.

With retailers in the UK feeling the squeeze (March 2011 sales fell 1.9%, representing the worst figures recorded since 1996, according to the BRC), it’s never been more important to show support for women in this sector, claim competition organisers.

Everywoman, the UK’s largest independent network for women in business, is welcoming entries to its fourth Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards.

The awards were established to help readdress the gender balance in management roles within retail by highlighting inspirational role models and their accomplishments. They draw attention to women in the industry who have shattered glass ceilings through hard work and determination to succeed. With the UK coming out of recession, this is an opportunity to recognise the women who have successfully steered their companies through the economic downturn.

Maxine Benson, co-founder and director of everywoman, encourages women and their employers to enter or nominate this year.

“We are looking to give recognition to the talented women in retail whose success will inspire and motivate the next generation,” she said.

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.”

To enter, please visit: http://www.everywoman.com/ewawards/nomination