Celebrating the people behind British small businesses

Do you what have it takes to be an everywoman Retail Ambassador?

Here at SBH, our job is to tirelessly fly the flag for amazing entrepreneurs of all ages and from all walks of life. So we’re really excited to let you know about an opportunity for our army of fab ‘fempreneurs’ – the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassador programme. Brilliant businesses all over the country – including our lovely sponsors Worldpay, supporting partners of this initiative – have teamed up to celebrate inspirational women in retail. Now everywoman are on the lookout for successful, innovative role models. Could it be you?

Retail is an industry where the majority of the workforce is female; yet, incredibly, only 5% of women occupy the major decision-making roles. This initiative wants to champion the role that women play in retail, highlight those changing the business landscape, and celebrate the amazing work that female retail innovators do every day.

Now the hunt is on to find inspirational women who’ll demonstrate the opportunities that exist in retail, and motivate other women to get involved. It’s time to celebrate the ambition, ideas and achievement of female talent – and to also shine a spotlight on the companies which go out of their way to encourage women in retail.

The scheme is backed by a whole host of amazing fempreneurs, including Nicky Dulieu (Hobbs) and Judith McKenna (Walmart). And of course, the founder of Specsavers’ – Dame Mary Perkins, Britain’s most successful female entrepreneur. She comments:

“Getting ahead in business requires passion, enthusiasm and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to navigate all the obstacles in your path. It is inspiring to see more and more women succeeding in retail, either in senior posts for established brands or opening and growing their own companies. A lot of women run small companies really successfully and profitably, and they’re heading them up because it belongs to them and they can make the rules rather than having to play by the rules in big publicly quoted companies. I completely appreciate the hard work and determination that drives these inspirational women towards their goals and recognising all such achievements will help inspire many other women to pursue their own business ventures and career ambitions.”

If you think you have what it takes to be a role model for other women in retail, or know somebody else who does, get involved – you can make a nomination here (closing date: 27th May). And don’t be afraid to put yourself forward for it. Every day we’re overwhelmed at the amazing work that small business owners are doing all over the country, so we know that there are loads of you out there who fit the bill. Go for it, and good luck!