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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Selfridges in London has the largest shoe department in the world stocking 100,000 pairs at any time and selling over 7000 pairs a week

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Level 2 Animal Grooming Apprentice (Ipswich, Martlesham) : Pets at Home Ltd
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6th March 2020
£152.10 p/w
Ipswich, Suffolk
You will work alongside the Salon team to provide a high standard of pet care and customer service. Following Pets at Home’s in house training program you will develop the skills to groom a variety of breeds. You will start with preparing dogs for their groom;...
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Get into Retail M&S Norwich
Norwich, Norfolk
If you’re aged between 16 - 25 and not in employment, education or training, Marks and Start could be exactly the programme you’ve been looking for.
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Get a Head start with Talking Heads!
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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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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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What's the point in working hard if you can't enjoy yourself whilst doing so? We have regular fancy dress days, charity bake sales, parties, board game nights and more to keep up team morale! Sound like fun?
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