Women in Wholesale looks for top performers
Three weeks left to nominate your choices for inaugural Star Awards
The sector’s diversity movement, Women in Wholesale, is on the hunt for the industry’s best talent and initiatives.
For the first time this year, the Women in Wholesale Star Awards will be held, with five categories open for entries, looking to identify the people who deserve to be recognised for their efforts.
The inaugural Star Awards – which are supported by Wholesale News – will be given to the sector’s most inclusive manager and the best newcomer, while also recognising the year’s top marketing campaign to encourage marketing campaign, and best initiative to attract and retain talent.
The awards will also name the wholesale industry’s woman of the year to recognise a person who is a positive role model for others to follow.
Nominations can be made up to 30 August, with the winners set to be announced at the Women in Wholesale conference on 10 October. The awards are for:
Best Initiative to Attract and Retain Talent
Attracting, retaining and progressing talent is one of the biggest challenges our industry faces. This category is open to businesses that have put a specific initiative in place to retain and develop staff, while demonstrating the diversity of talent it has benefitted. The nomination should focus on one or a few key initiatives, with measurable results shown.
Best Inclusive Manager
It is vital for leaders to have an inclusive approach to help support and progress talent. This category is open to an individual (male or female) who has put specific methods or initiatives in place to attract, support and develop staff and champion diversity within their business. Specific examples of people supported are welcome.
Woman of the Year
This category is open to an individual who has been a positive role model to other females in the industry and in their business through championing diversity at all levels, sponsoring or mentoring men or women, and making diversity a priority at senior level with a measurable results. People can be self-nominated or put forward by others.
Encouraging and supporting newcomers to the channel is key to inspiring loyalty and a long-term career in wholesale. This Award will recognise an individual (male or female, regardless of age) who has worked in wholesale for less than 18 months and is making a measurable impact on sales, customer service or customer / employee engagement.
Best Marketing Campaign
Attracting a greater diversity of people into our channel is one way of making UK foodservice and grocery wholesale a more diverse and attractive career destination. This category will reward people campaigns and other initiatives that portray wholesale to be an exciting, attractive long-term career choice using a multitude of platforms and channels including digital and social media. Results must include engagement figures.