BRC acquires Oxford Summer School

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// BRC buys OSS Retail from British Independent Retailers Association
// School will be used to train retailer leaders in response to “changing retail landscape”

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has acquired Oxford Summer School, which is now known as OSS Retail.

According to Drapers, OSS Retail will offer leadership training programmes for employees in the sector, in order to respond to a “changing retail landscape”. 

”This is an exciting time for the industry as it responds to the changing retail landscape. With technology changing the way consumers shop, it is essential we invest in the people who will facilitate the future successes of the industry,” said BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson.

“Recently, our BRC learning division has launched two new apprenticeships into the market and launched Rethink Retail, our new careers guidance website. Working with OSS Retail will allow us to further build on our careers and development offering, for the benefit of our members and the wider industry,” added Dickinson.

“Joining the BRC will enable us to continue our growth plans and target a wider customer base. This demonstrates our commitment to continue developing our customers’ talent, at the same time underpinning retail as a career of choice,” said OSS Retail director Dominic Prendergast.

“This collaboration allows us to build upon our 90 years of heritage and to continue proudly serving our sector by developing the future retail leaders of tomorrow,” he added.

Previously, OSS Retail was owned by British Independent Retailers Association, where it ran its training for retail managers for 80 years. 

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