Monday, September 23, 2013

News: Paula rises to stardom at national awards

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Paula Windle, a retail trainer who has been working with retailers in Rotherham town centre, has been named as the National Skills Academy Retail Trainer of the Year at the annual Retail Week Retail Rising Star Awards.

Paula, who works at The Source, beat off stiff competition to scoop the national award which was announced at a ceremony held in London's Mayfair at the famous Grosvenor House and which brought together the biggest names in retail. 

Paula works with retail mangers and top brands across Yorkshire and was recognised for her knowledge and excellence in training delivery. Judges commented that Paula's passion and enthusiasm for retail was clear to see. In addition the judges were particularly impressed with her impact on the local retail community, work on various projects to support her local authority.

Paula Windle, retail trainer at The Source, said: "To be recognised as retail trainer of the year at such a prestigious awards ceremony is amazing. I have worked in retail all of my working life and I'm so fortunate to be able to pass on my knowledge to others. I love working with retailers from the big brands to the smallest of independents and seeing them develop and grow their business."

Dale Robinson, head of communications at The Source Skills Academy said: "Paula is a great asset to the retail industry and of course our business. Her recent work helping the retailers of Rotherham Town Centre has been inspirational and already seen some great results. All the team are so proud of Paula's fantastic achievement."

Based at Meadowhall, The Source Skills Academy is a flagship centre providing state of the art training and development facilities with a focus on the retail and service sector.

A Rotherham base opened on the High Street in 2011 with support from Rotherham Council and the Skills Funding Agency.

The latest in a series of retail conferences and networking events is being held at The Source on Friday, featuring a number of speakers including David Hanney from Planet X, the Rotherham-based cycle importer and retailer.

The Source website

Images: The Source

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