Awards launched for women in retail


The 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards has opened for nominations for inspirational individuals excelling in the UK’s retail industry.

The Award organisers are encouraging women from all stages of their career journey to nominate themselves or others. In addition, the Male Agent of Change Award will recognise a man for his commitment to advancing women working in retail.

This year’s awards programme draws on the theme “Reimagining Retail” and will focus on how innovation and technology are revolutionising the retail landscape.

The retail industry currently employs three million people, most of whom are female. However, research shows that women are far less likely to fill senior positions than men, with director-level roles being 26% female and 74% male. A significant gender pay gap in the retail sector has also been recognised, with the average male manager earning 26.8% more than his female colleagues.

The Retail Awards hopes to highlight the achievements of many successful women already excelling in the sector.

Entries are open from 26 March – 14 May and full details are available online at The Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards ceremony will take place in Canary Wharf in London on 13 September.

The award categories are as follows:

Rising Star Award – Awarded to a woman aged under 22 who is excelling in her retail career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Above & Beyond Award – Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation’s success.   

Leader of Change Award – Awarded to a woman whose significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business has increased productivity, innovation or employee engagement.

Executive Leader Award – Awarded to a woman making a significant contribution to the commercial success of the business.   

Male Agent of Change Award – Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing or championing the career progression of women in retail.

Entrepreneur Award – Awarded to an owner/operator of a retail business that has been operating for 12 months or more, whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Customer/User Experience Excellence Award – Awarded to a woman who has been instrumental in improving or transforming the customer/user experience.

Outstanding Influencer Award – Awarded to a female whose voice, campaign or social media strategy is successfully influencing retail consumers on and offline.

Innovator Award – Awarded to a woman who is being exceptionally creative within her role, in an unconventional and pioneering way.


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