Retail Employee of the Year Scheme update

Retail Employee of the Year Scheme update

The initial request for nominations for OCC’s Retail Employee of the Year scheme (REYS), has produced more than sixty names. The scheme, supported by the Outdoor Industries Association and sponsored by Edinburgh-based distributor Anatom, is now in its third year and seems set to produce the biggest entry so far. After vetting the initial list of candidates – store-owners, part owners, managers that don’t spend the majority of their time dealing with customers and non-core outdoor independent retailers, are excluded from participating – the current list is now 43 strong. Over the next three months these and any other candidates proposed in the interim, will each be “mystery shopped” with the aim of producing a shortlist of ten before further assessed to produce the three finalists.

The scheme, which is aimed at celebrating excellence in outdoor retail sales reaches its conclusion at the OTS Show in Stoneleigh in September. There the overall winner will be announced along with the names of the two runners up. The winner will receive £1000, a holiday for two and a trophy. The winner’s employer will also receive £250.

Each of the runners up will receive a cheque for £500 and their commemorative trophy. Last year, Mark Barnes from The Climbers Shop in Ambleside was the overall winner picking up his award at a ceremony held at the end of the first day of OTS.

The list of REYS 2009 candidates is:

  • 1. Chris Potter – Outdoor Traders, Abingdon
  • 2. John Whitehead – Craigdon Mountain Sports, Inverness
  • 3. Jill Robertson – Craigdon Mountain Sports, Perth
  • 4. Alistair Fazakerley – Freetime, Carlisle
  • 5. Salim Patel – White & Bishop, Northampton
  • 6. Dave Cannon – Campcraft, Bolton
  • 7. Simon Ashmore – Ultimate Outdoors, Skipton
  • 8. Carolyn Little – George Fisher, Keswick
  • 9. Eric Phillips – Gaynor Sports, Ambleside
  • 10. Dave Gartside – Catsycam, Glenridding
  • 11. Luke Sirdefield – Stafford Outdoor, Stafford
  • 12. Cathy O’Connor – Up and Under, Cardiff
  • 13. Lorna Owen – Craigdon Mountain Sports, Aberdeen
  • 14. Pete Thain – Escape Route, Pitlochry
  • 15. Ian Bridges – Summits, Dunfermline
  • 16. Katie Gibson – Cairngorm Mountain Sports, Aviemore
  • 17. Louise Reid – Ultimate Outdoors, Keswick
  • 18. Nathan Angell – Cotswold, Cardiff
  • 19. Grant Jones – Stewart Cunningham, Betws-Y-Coed
  • 20. Sam Powell – The Kit Shop, Exeter
  • 21. Mike Pickwell – Outside, Hathersage
  • 22. Steve Haslam – Campcraft, Bolton
  • 23. Sam Spence – Ultimate Outdoors, Skipton
  • 24. Nick Cox – The Climbers Shop, Ambleside
  • 25. Eric McConnell – BCH Camping, Trowbridge
  • 26. Naomi Page – Penrose Outdoors, Truro
  • 27. Charlotte Johnson – Foxes of Amersham, Amersham
  • 28. Eileen Cartmore – George Fisher, Kendal
  • 29. Nick Price – Taunton Leisure, Exeter
  • 30. Chick Godsell – Trekitt, Hereford
  • 31. Tom Grindey – Camp Four, Macclesfield
  • 32. Steve Robinson – Lockwoods, Leamington Spa
  • 33. Scott Matthews – BCH Camping, Bath
  • 34. Tony Cox – Taunton Leisure, Bristol
  • 35. Russell Coleridge – Escape 2, Warwick
  • 36. Liz Holgate – Whalley Warm & Dry, Whalley
  • 37. Verity Wood – Countryside, Stevenage
  • 38. Simon Parry – Ellis Brigham, Leeds
  • 39. James Steele – Ellis Brigham, Manchester
  • 40. German Tortarolo – Ellis Brigham, Covent Garden
  • 41. Nikki Cryer – Ellis Brigham, Westfield, London
  • 42. Paul Armstrong – Tiso, Glasgow
  • 43. Donna Stockhall – White & Bishop, Northampton