Retail Week has begun its annual search for talented young professionals in the retail sector with the launch of the Rising Stars 2009.

The awards single out those individuals who can demonstrate aptitude and initiative in their roles, and who show they have the potential to become future leaders in retail.

In addition to the regular categories such as store manager of the year and buyer of the year, four new categories have been introduced; online individual or team of the year, area manager of the year, supply chain professional of the year and graduate development programme of the year.

The entry deadline is Thursday June 4. For more details of how to enter visit