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British talent recognised at World Retail Awards in Paris

British businesses including John Lewis, New Look and Sainsbury’s scooped some of the top awards at the World Retail Awards gala dinner in Paris last night, while Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet and its former chief executive Mark Sebba were presented with the outstanding leadership award.

At the event, which is part of the World Retail Congress in the French capital, John Lewis was voted omnichannel retailer of the year, while Sainsbury’s won the award for the best advertising campaign for its ‘Christmas in a Day’ campaign. New Look was also awarded best store design of less than 13,000 sq ft for its shop in Westfield London.

Swedish fashion chain H&M was crowned international retailer of the year, while Japanese group Fast Retailing, owner of Uniqlo, was named retailer of the year.

South Korean department store group Lotte Shopping won corporate social responsibility initiative of the year, following the launch of its rewards scheme to encourage customers to buy eco-friendly products. French flash Sales site Vente-privee.com won pure-play etailer of the year.

World Retail Congress chairman Ian McGarrigle said: “We’ve had another fantastic shortlist of winners, and this year in particular they reflect how the retail landscape is changing. The diversity of entries and countries, and the level of innovation, reinforces the huge groundswell of change in the global retail world.”

The three-day World Retail Congress in Paris was attended by about 1,500 delegates.

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