Celesio UK is pleased to announce that it has been named a finalist in the ISG Store Design of the Year category for the launch of the Betterlife from LloydsPharmacy store in Leeds, and the Deloitte Employer of the Year category at the prestigious Oracle Retail Week Awards.
Dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the retail industry, the Oracle Retail Week Awards highlight and celebrate how critical retail is to UK growth, through its standing as the largest private sector employer and through its contribution to GDP.
With a 24% increase in entries, this year has seen the highest number of retailers participating in the awards’ history, resulting in 112 finalists. Each of the 14 categories rewards the leading names in UK retail for their standards of excellence and innovation in managing the ever-changing demands of today’s shopper.
Cormac Tobin, Managing Director of Celesio UK, commented, “I am absolutely delighted that Celesio UK has been shortlisted within both of these categories and that we have been recognised for all of the hard work our passionate colleagues have been delivering over the past 12 months.
“I truly believe the Betterlife store is a one of a kind shopping experience, designed with customers’ needs and concerns in mind. We have been recognised due to our pioneering approach to the retailing of independent living products, where the store creates theatre and a more engaging retail experience for our customers.
“Inspired and knowledgeable colleagues have a huge importance within the retail sector; I am overjoyed that the Oracle Retail Week Awards have acknowledged the determination of our colleagues when building meaningful, trusting relationships with our patients and customers.”
Speaking of this year’s shortlist, Retail Week’s Editor-in-Chief, Chris Brook-Carter said, “As the dynamic UK retail market continues to innovate, grow and compete internationally, the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2015 is set to acknowledge the best in our industry as they continue to deliver outstanding results for the nation’s shoppers.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the calibre and the quantity of entries received from retailers up and down the country this year – they have by far exceeded all expectations. This year is going to be tougher than ever for the judges due to the standard of the shortlist – it truly highlights how critical retail is to UK growth, through both its contribution to GDP this year and as the largest private sector employer.”
The prestigious event, attended by the brightest and best in UK retail, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015. The winners will be announced at an awards event to be held on 12th March 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
UK, 05 November 2014