We caught up with Melanie Raftery from Portmeirion Group to find out how the OSS Academy had helped her in her role. Here's what she had to say......
The chamber recognised a lack of retail specific development for the industry’s talented leaders. The group therefore sought to offer the highest quality training to the most talented leaders in the industry. A value that has remained over 95 years later.
In 1989 the British Shops & Stores Association (bssa) took ownership of OSS Retail with the programmes earning a reputation as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of retail training. 20 years later bssa merged with the British Hardware Federation (BHF) before being rebranded to form the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) in May 2011.
The commitment to our delegates has remained throughout our history and we place a high emphasis on working hard in the teams but also in having fun and enjoying the social element that is part and parcel of the retail trade.
Each of our programmes takes place in in learning environments renowned for their excellence. Including Keble College (Academy), St. Hugh’s College (Foundation) and Saïd Business School, at Egrove Park, (Masters).
Whilst we are very proud of our long relationship with the prestigious city of Oxford our programmes are not run or accredited by the University of Oxford.
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