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Retail Management Award Winners Are Announced

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Retail Management Award Winners Are Announced

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everywoman, the UK's largest network for women in business has revealed the winners of The 2010 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards. The victors are all strong role models who highlight the opportunities available to women in retail through their spectacular achievements. Jayne Cartwright, Head of Retail for Save the Children UK, from Manchester, was named winner of The Specsavers Woman of the Year Award.

Jayne's first job at twenty one was with Oxfam, running their new clothing and gift shop in the centre of Reading. Leading a team of thirty volunteers, she more than doubled the income of the city's original shop. She also persuaded her superiors to open a disused facility in the basement as the city's only vegetarian café. Despite no catering experience, Jayne recruited a team of twenty volunteers to run the café, which became a big success and led to a chain of Oxfam cafés across the UK.

After two years, Jayne managed a charity retail clothing supermarket in a tough socio-economic area of central Manchester. It generated the highest income of any UK charity supermarket. As a result, at the age of twenty five, she became the youngest regional manager for Oxfam, overseeing thirteen shops and a£1.3m+ budget.

Keen to progress, she then joined The Children's Society as Northern England Operational Manager, and then as Acting Head of Retail before taking maternity leave. Five years ago, Jayne joined Save the Children as Operations Manager for the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and was quickly promoted to Head of Community Fundraising and then Retail, managing £7.5m of income, fifty staff and four thousand volunteers.

The UK retail industry employs over 2.8 million people, which equates to 11 % of the total UK workforce. Although 60% of employees in retail are women, there are very few females in senior management positions, with less than 5% female CEOs in retail companies and only 8% of purchasing decisions within these organisations being made by women. …

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