About Retail

Retail can be described as the sale of goods for personal or household use or consumption, traditionally via shops or markets but more recently via online retailing.

The industry accounts for £325 billion in sales and one-third of all consumer spending in the UK it employs approx 2.7 million people which equates roughly to 1 in 10 of the working population.

The current UK retail market is dominated by a relatively small number of large stores, who employ 65% of people working in the industry.

Most of the larger organisations will offer some sort of graduate scheme and internal training to enable you to work your way up.

There are many different job roles that you could do from junior assistant at the beginning of your career right through to regional manager, there is plenty of scope for progression in the retail industry and you don't always need qualifications to get your foot in the door.

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When customers visited the UK’s first supermarkets they were afraid to pick up goods in case they were told off.

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Destination Experience Apprentice
Closing Date:
10th September 2019
Salary:
£136.50 p/w
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
We are looking for a Destination Experience Apprentice to join our team! As an apprentice, you will provide business administration support, as well as research shore tours, describe the tours accurately, collate data from Guest feedback forms and provide deta...
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Careers
We are the largest independent retailer across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. We operate at the heart of our communities and always aim to provide excellent customer service. It is our members that own our business and we feel this makes us really different.
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Working with us
We’re a diverse and interesting company, where many different talents get the chance to flourish. Whether you’re a budding chef, a retail genius, or love driving lorries, or simply feel you have skills and experience that we need, then we’d love to hear from y...
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Customer Service Shop Apprentice
Closing Date:
1st September 2019
Salary:
£4.00/h starting wage, increasing with experience.
Location:
Bowthorpe, Norwich, Norfolk
We are looking for a friendly, hard-working and enthusiastic Customer Service Apprentice to join the team. Working in our new board games shop, the successful candidate with have a passion for playing and selling top-quality board games, collectables and merch...
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Current Apprenticeship Vacancies
Location:
Ipswich (Area)
With apprenticeships rising in popularity, now is the time for you to secure one from a diverse range of industries which will stand you in good stead for your future career.
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Retail and Front of House Volunteer
Closing Date:
1st October 2020
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
The Museum of East Anglian Life is looking for new volunteers to assist in our new entrance and shop. As the public face of the Museum, Retail and Front-of-House Volunteers provide a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors. Alongside a member of staff, you w...
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