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Indies offered academy scholarships

Indies are being given the chance to win eight scholarships worth more than £2,000 each that are up for grabs at the Oxford Summer School Academy.

The summer school is run by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) and will run from August 18 to 24. The week long training course provides retailers with the chance to network and share industry experience and will provide attendees with information on the best practices in leadership, finance and marketing.

Six of the scholarships are being sponsored by charity Retail Trust with the remaining two sponsored by the National Skills Academy for Retail, led by Skillsmart Retail.

Anne Seaman, chief cxecutive of Skillsmart Retail, said: “Training is essential to help eager individuals grow professionally, however it’s not always easy for smaller retailers to afford to pay for the training they need. We are offering these scholarships to help them build on their skills and get top notch training.”

Retail Trust chief executive Nigel Rothband said: “The new academy level provides our future retail leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful retail career. Retail Trust is very proud to be offering scholarships again this year and I would urge those who want to really make their mark in retail to apply now.”

Applications for six of the scholarships are open to companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, with the final two scholarships available to businesses with fewer than 250 staff.

Applications must be submitted before 5pm on Friday 25 May and can be downloaded from or

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