British Retail Consortium | OSS Retail

BRC delighted to announce the acquisition of OSS Retail

As part of the British Retail Consortium’s Better Jobs campaign and the ongoing commitment to repositioning ‘Retail as a Career of Choice’, BRC are excited to announce the acquisition of OSS Retail, formally known as the Oxford Summer School, from the British Independent Retailers Association.

With the changing nature of jobs in the retail industry, talent retention and development are vital to the industry’s ongoing transformation. OSS Retail has an amazing heritage of over 90 years in developing talent across the industry. Their unparalleled leadership programmes are run by retailers for retailers.

Delegates describe the programmes as ‘life-changing’ and ‘inspirational’, one delegate quoted their experience as “OSS Retail has enhanced my self awareness and commercial experience. A great set of tools technically, mentally & physically for your life and career”.

The OSS alumni include many well-known retail leaders including Mark Newton-Jones, CEO of Mothercare, and Marigay McKee, former President of Saks Fifth Avenue.

The reputational strength and reach of the BRC combined with the training expertise and industry support of OSS Retail will create a platform that can build on past successes and deliver highly regarded programmes, with the BRC accelerating the development of our careers and professional development offer.

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the BRC said “This is an exciting time for the industry as it responds to the changing retail landscape. With technology changing the way consumers shop, it is essential we invest in the people who will facilitate the future successes of the industry.

“Recently, our BRC Learning division has launched two new apprenticeships into the market and launched Rethink Retail, our new careers guidance website. Working with OSS Retail will allow us to further build on our careers and development offering, for the benefit of our members and the wider industry.”

Dominic Prendergast, Consultant Managing Director of OSS Retail said “We are delighted to have joined the BRC who will enable us to continue our growth plans and target a wider customer base. This demonstrates our commitment to continue developing our customers talent at the same time underpinning Retail as a career of choice.”

“This collaboration allows us to build upon our 90 years of heritage and to continue proudly serving our sector by developing the future Retail Leaders of tomorrow.”

Current OSS Retail Programmes

If you’ve booked onto one of our upcoming programmes (or are considering places) don’t worry there will be no changes to this year’s line up:

  • Foundation Programme (1st – 5th July) – 5-day residential programme for leaders in the early stages of their career from Retail Operations & Head Office functions. Department Managers and Store Managers of Independents. Click here for more details.
  • Academy Programme (17th – 23rd August) – 2019 sees us celebrate the 90th edition of the Academy – a unique development programme for high-potential leaders in Retail Operations and Head Office functions, Store & Field Management Roles and Senior Managers of Independent Retailers. Click here for more details.

If you have any questions or you’d like to enquire about the availability of places on the above please contact:

Terry Lees
Head of Residential Programmes
M: 07595 928 721

Neil Moss
Head of Specialist & Bespoke Programmes
M: 07823 416 847