Students Learn From Experts for Retail Matters Week

Posted: October 19th 2017

Students at Doncaster College have been given an insight into the world of shopping as the town celebrates Retail Matters week.

The students were visited by representatives from Lakeside Village including centre Manager John Magee and M&S Store Manager Di Rogers, Doncaster Council’s Inward investment officer for retail, Adrian Banks and Sidekick PR’s Charlotte Dimond to talk about the sector which currently employs thousands of people in the town.

John Magee, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Doncaster College and to have this chance to talk to their retail and business students about retail.

“I know when I was studying that visits from people who were working were a great way to learn top tips and gain an understanding of what goes into running that business.

“Doncaster Council recognises the positive impact retail has on the town and have been very supportive in helping us to forge links with the college and with other retail partners.

“A career in retail can be extremely rewarding, I’ve worked my way from Saturday jobs in retail, to working throughout university and then working my way up to store manager and I’m now managing my second shopping outlet. There are so many opportunities out there.

“Together we can make a real difference and showcasing the variety of roles that people can have in retail is a great way to get people to look at this sector differently and recognise the difference a great retail offer can make to a town.”

Retail Matters Week aims to celebrate and showcase the great talents of those who work in retail and the careers and initiatives implemented by the retail property sector.

Jenny Tasker, Curriculum Lead for Business, Accountancy, Aviation & Travel Department of Service Industries, from Doncaster College and University Centre said: “It was fantastic for our students to hear from retail experts covering Shopping centre management, store management, PR and Business relations .

“They had many questions to ask of the panel and have a renewed sense of vigour and pride for the sector they are studying. They are now confident in the message that retail matters.”

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