Belfast Telegraph

Tesco star employee nominated for top UK retail prize

An ambassador for the retail sector in Northern Ireland has been shortlisted for the industry's top prize.

Lynn Livingstone, who works as Recruitment Manager for Tesco, is one of two nominees in the National Skills Academy for Retail Ambassador of the Year category. The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards are run by industry publication Retail Week.

Retail ambassadors are people at all levels of the industry who give up their time to talk to students in schools and colleges around the country about the benefits of a rewarding career in retail and inspire them to enter the sector.

Lynn was nominated due to her enthusiasm and willingness to promote retail to students in Northern Ireland and the outstanding feedback she has received from careers advisors.

She has been invited to the black-tie ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Mayfair. This year's event will be attended by top names in retail, including Dragons' Den star and chairman of Ryman, Theo Paphitis

Lynn said: "I love working in retail with the challenges and enjoyment my job brings.

"Often the perception of retail puts young people off but the business can offer fantastic career opportunities and excellent benefits packages.

"The Retail Ambassador programme has given me the opportunity to change that perception, raise the profile of retail in Northern Ireland, and promote those career opportunities.

"The programme also gives me the chance to engage with students and careers teachers who want to understand the skills required to help young people reach their full potential and take advantage of those opportunities."

The Skillsmart Retail Rising Stars Awards are designed to recognise the best talent in all areas of retail. From star apprentices to top-notch buyers, all those who demonstrate outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative in their roles - singling them out as the ones to watch.