Aldi, Boots and Ikea are among retailers to have been shortlisted for the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards.

The awards, which celebrate the best of up-and-coming talent in the retail sector, attracted a high-quality crop of entries this year, and other retailers to have made the shortlist include New Look, Tesco, and Dixons across categories including area manager of the year and marketing team/individual of the year.

The 2014 expert judging panel includes Hobbycraft chief executive Catriona Marshall, Co-operative executive talent director Adrian Shooter, Pets at Home people director Ryan Cheyne and Morrisons HR director of new business development Mandy Flatley.

The winners will be revealed on September 11 at a glitzy ceremony, attended by Rising Stars ambassador Theo Paphitis, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The winner of the overall Rising Star award wins a coveted place at the Oxford Summer School.

For more information on the awards ceremony please contact Nick Lazarides on 020 3033 2921.

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