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Richer Sounds founder Julian Richer and Primark boss Paul Marchant were among the big winners at the Retail Week Awards 2019 sponsored by Salesforce.

Richer picked up The AlixPartners Outstanding Contribution to Retail award for his pioneering approach to business, putting staff at the heart of his company – and retailers he has advised.

Having previously worked alongside Archie Norman at Asda, Richer has been drafted in again by the now-Marks & Spencer chair to help drive the turnaround being led by Norman and boss Steve Rowe.

Primark boss Marchant scooped the Clarity Retail Leader of the Year prize after overseeing another stellar 12 months at the fashion giant.

Marchant’s award was not the only one Primark was celebrating. The value operator also picked up the Salesforce Best Retailer Over £250m award.

Among the other winners on the night were Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, who won the inaugural Retail Activist Award for her tireless work in championing the role of women in senior leadership roles, and etail titan Amazon, which scooped the Hitachi Capital Consumer Choice Award for the second year running.

Retail Week Awards 2019 winners

Click on the winners’ names in the roll of honour below to read the stories behind their success.

The AlixPartners Outstanding Contribution to Retail  Julian Richer, founder, Richer Sounds 
The Retail Activist Award  Jacqueline Gold, chief executive, Ann Summers 
Mark of excellence Alannah Weston, deputy chairman, Selfridges Group
The Clarity Retail Leader of the Year Paul Marchant, chief executive, Primark 
Best New Store John Lewis & Partners, Westfield White City, London 
Health and Beauty Retailer Feelunique
Mark of excellence The Hut Group
The JDA Software Customer Innovation  The Co-op, Rewiring Convenience
The Cognizant Digital Pioneer         Ocado Technology
The Persado Marketing or Advertising Campaign Tesco
The PwC Retail Destination  Boxpark, Shoreditch and Croydon, London 
The American Express Own-Brand Range or Product  Aldi, Mamia
The OC&C Strategy Consultants Emerging Retailer Trouva
Mark of excellence Tapi
The Sorted Community Retailer Beaverbrooks 
The Infor Best Fashion Retailer    Asos
Mark of excellence Joules
Best Value Retailer Lidl
The Salesforce Speciality Retailer Dreams
The Audit Partnership Best Grocer Aldi
The Google Cloud International Growth Retailer The Hut Group
The Dell Technologies Best Place to Work Beaverbrooks 
Mark of excellence Screwfix
The Hermes Global Impact Award The Co-op, The Co-op Way
The Newton Europe Store Manager Simon Felstead, Iceland, Fulham, London 
Mark of excellence Steve Smith, The Co-op, Cambridge
The Hitachi Capital Consumer Choice Award Amazon
The Valitor Best Retailer Under £250m The Entertainer
The Salesforce Best Retailer Over £250m Primark 

Retail Week Awards 2019: The winners