Companies supporting the next generation of retail talent. 

By becoming a principal partner to an OSS programme you’ll have the opportunity to promote your brand to both the delegates and the senior managers in control of booking the places (including operational and HR directors and independent business owners). 

Principal partners

Media partners

Across the retail spectrum

Brand exposure 

Why partner with us

There are multiple opportunities for brand exposure and promotion before, during and after the programmes take place. The marketing campaigns for the Schools feature direct mail, quarterly newsletters, bespoke emails, social media, PR, website features, adverts and industry publications. Throughout the programmes there are numerous ways we will promote your brand including on screen, banners, course booklets delegate bags, visitor bags etc. 

Expand your reach 

No other events offer such an intense concentration of retail managers, giving you a unique opportunity to communicate and build relationships with the industry’s current and future leaders and decision makers. 

Positive PR 

Supporting an OSS programme aligns your company with the development of future retail leaders. This provides you with the perfect PR opportunity for your website. We’ll even provide you with photos. 

Access to retailers 

Access to leading retail PLC’s and independent retailers. Each year OSS programmes attract a combined delegation of up to 400 retail employees of all manangement levels. This includes first line managers and supervisors, to middle and senior managers in line for the boardroom. Our programmes attract international brands, national chains and independent retailers from across the sector.

OSS Retail

Our History

Est 1923

OSS Retail, formerly known as Oxford Summer School, was founded in 1923 by the Drapers Chamber of Trade. It was created to provide retailers with outstanding development opportunities that would transform their careers in the sector.

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At OSS Retail, our primary focus has always been on people. With this very much in mind amidst the ever developing COVID-19 situation, we must regrettably announce that we will......