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Oxford Retail Masters Forum invites scholarship applications

Industry charity Retail Trust and sector skills council Skillsmart Retail are inviting applications for scholarships to the next Oxford Retail Masters Forum, which will be held between March 28 – 31 2011.

The eight scholarships are open to owners and managers of retail businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, and will offer the winning applicants the chance to learn from some of the biggest names in retail.

The four-day residential course, which is run by the indepenent retailer trade body the BHF-BSSA Group, will include lectures and seminars on a range of topics affecting retail, including global sourcing and ethical  trading to demography, business management and climate change.

Nigel Rothband, chief executive of the Retail Trust, said: “Retail Trust continues to recognise the need for educational opportunities for people working in retail and there is no finer opportunity for those in management level than the Oxford Retail Masters Forum.”

Located at the Institute of Retail Management, part of Oxford Universities Said Business School, the Forum will offer scholarship winners four full days of high-level training, accommodation, and all meals and refreshments.

Interested applicants can download an application from www.skillsmartretail.com/scholarships after which, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone.

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