Winners of the Retail Week Rising Stars Awards, in association with Ryman, were revealed last night at a glitzy ceremony in London.

Top retailers from across the country celebrated the future leaders of retail at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Boots fought off stiff competition to scoop the coveted overall Ryman Retail Week Rising Star of the Year gong.

Theo Paphitis, owner of Ryman, Robert Dyas and Boux Avenue and Retail Week’s Rising Stars Awards ambassador, said: “For me, the Rising Stars Awards from Retail Week 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 news editor and host of the awards Nicola Harrison said: “Retail Week is proud to champion young talent within the UK’s vibrant retail industry through our Rising Stars Awards. I’m delighted to see such a stellar group of winners this year and we wish them every success as they continue their careers in retail.”

Full list of the Retail Week Rising Stars winners 2014, in association with Ryman:


The Ryman Retail Week Rising Star of the Year: Sam Allison, Boots


Buyer/Merchandiser – Team/Individual of the Year: Paul Niezawitowski, Boots


Store Support Team/Manager of the Year: James Stewart, Dixons Carphone


Online Team/Individual of the Year: Sam Allison, Boots


Marketing Team/Individual of the Year: James Frapwell & Sophie Moule, Clarks


HR/Training Team/Individual of the Year: Gary Philpott, Argos


Customer Service Team/Individual of the Year: Ben Masters, Hobbycraft


Store Manager of the year – 0 – 5,000 sq ft: Josh Boulton, Iceland Foods


Store Manager of the Year – 6,000 sq ft – 20,000 sq ft: Gemma Howard, Boots


Store Manager of the Year – 21,000 sq ft – 50,000 sq ft: Natascha Jesuvant, Tesco


Store Manager of the Year – 51,000 sq ft plus: Marsha Smith, IKEA


Graduate of the Year: Elizabeth Dunn, Boots


Area Manager of the Year: Laura Darling, Warehouse


City & Guilds Kineo Apprentice of the Year: Zoe Rawnsley, Boots