Applications are now open to enter a competition to attend the Oxford Retail Masters Forum at Oxford University next March.
Run by charity Retail Trust and employment organisation Skillsmart Retail, the scheme runs a four-day high level training programme at the universities Said Business School.
The conference is only open to owners and managers of small and medium-sized retail businesses which have fewer than 1,000 employees.
Neil Moss, Skillsmart Retail’s new Head of Employer Engagement, said: “I urge all retail business owners and managers to apply for these scholarships as the Oxford Retail Masters Forum represents the very best in high-level retail training in the UK.
“Previous winners have reported having their eyes opened to new ideas and business opportunities, and during these tough trading conditions, anything that gives retailers a competitive advantage can only be a good thing.”
Confirmed guest speakers include Chairman of Rymans and founder of La Senza Theo Paphitis and Pets At Home former owner Anthony Preston.
Accommodation and meals will be provided, with the overall cost of the prize totalling £2,000 each.
Nigel Rothband, CEO of Retail Trust, said: “Retail Trust continues to recognise the need for educational opportunities for people working in retail and there is no finer opportunity for those at management level than the Oxford Retail Masters Forum.
“While the forum is open to retailers of all sizes, these scholarships are restricted to those small businesses which could become the Pets at Home of tomorrow.”