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Joseph Wan to speak at Oxford Summer School

Harvey Nichols chief executive Joseph Wan has been confirmed as a guest speaker at this year’s Oxford Summer School, the UK retail management course.

Wan will address delegates at the 81st Summer School, which is held this year at Keble College, University of Oxford, on August 21 to 27.

More than 200 retail managers will attend the week-long residential course. The full list of speakers has not been finalised but organisers the British Shops and Stores Association (BSSA) said it will include similarly big names to last year’s line-up which included John Lewis chairman Charlie Mayfield and ASOS chief executive Nick Robertson.

Skillsmart Retail and Retail Trust have teamed up to offer ten free scholarship places to the Oxford Summer School for small or medium sized retail businesses.

Applications for the scholarships, worth almost £2,000 each, are open to retailers with fewer than 1,000 employees.

Anne Seaman, chief executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “The Oxford Summer School is the ideal course for ambitious independent managers. It gives them a broad insight into the retail world which they can take back into their business to help them grow.”

She added: “Having Joseph Wan confirmed as a speaker will give delegates a rare opportunity to hear from a man who has been at the top of the retail game for almost two decades. I encourage all managers of independent retailers to apply as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity.”

The Oxford Summer School features exercises, lectures and tutorials led by retail experts, presentations from leading retail figures, team building events and social activities.

To apply for a Skillsmart Retail and Retail Trust scholarship, which includes all accommodation and meals, visit www.skillsmartretail.com/oxfordsummerschool. Closing date for applications is May 14.

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