Winners of the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards, in association with the Theo Paphitis Retail Group, were announced last night in London.

The awards provides leading industry chiefs with the opportunity to shine the spot light on outstanding achievements within their organisations. The awards were exemplary in showcasing those individuals who have gone the extra mile for their business, boosting team morale whie raising the profile of retail careers within their place of work.

Dixons Carphone took home four awards, including the coveted overall Retail Week Rising Star of the Year gong. Retail talent from BHS, Tesco and Argos were also among the winners.

The overall Rising Star is chosen from all the category winners. Our esteemed judges made a case for this person to be put forward for this ultimate accolade.

We’re delighted to announce that the winner was Victoria Bennion, from Dixons Carphone. The judges held her up as the bright light of all this year’s entries – a true rising star with a vast amount of potential to grow into a future retail leader.

Theo Paphitis, owner of Ryman, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue and Retail Week’s Rising Stars Awards ambassador, said: “For me, the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards is a vitally important awards ceremony, not only for retail, but also for how it recognises future leaders of the retail world”.   

Retail Week’s head of research and host of the awards Alex Hamilton said: “By shining the spotlight on the many outstanding achievements of those nominated tonight, we are supporting the future leaders of this proud and strategically important industry for the UK economy. I hope all those nominated see this as a springboard to take their career to new heights.”

Full list of the Retail Week Rising Stars winners 2015, in association with Theo Paphitis Retail Group:

Retail Week Rising Star of the Year, sponsored by Theo Paphitis Retail Group:
Victoria Bennion, Dixons Carphone

Buyer/Merchandiser – Team/Individual of the Year:
Victoria Bennion, Dixons Carphone
Highly commended: Louise Martin, Celesio UK

Store Support Manager of the Year:
Michael Errington, Ryman

Online/IT Team/Individual of the Year:
Jay Conway, Argos
Highly commended: Liam Price, Warehouse

Marketing Team/Individual of the Year:
Chris Brown, Dixons Carphone

Property Team of the Year:
The Cost Team, Estate Department, Boots

HR/Training Team/Individual of the Year:
Jess Gibbs, BHS

Customer Service Team/Individual of the Year:
Mark Dalgarno, Maplin Electronics

Store Manager of the Year 0 – 5,000 sq ft:
Lisa Murray, Thomas Cook
Highly commended: Sham Ali, EE

Store Manager of the Year 5,000 – 20,000 sq ft:
Bernard Osei-Tutu, Tesco
Highly commended: Gary Downing,

Store Manager of the Year – 20,000 sq ft plus:
Lucy Nettleingham, Dixons Carphone

Finance/Central Functions Team/Individual of the Year:
Victoria Holland, BHS

Graduate of the Year:
Kirsten Mitchell, Boots
Highly commended: Ellen Greene, BHS

Area Manager of the Year:
Rikesh Shah, Vodafone

The First4Skills Apprentice of the Year:
Lily Southall, BHS