The Retail Week Rising Stars Awards, that took place on the evening of Tuesday 27th September were, once again, sponsored by the Theo Paphitis Retail Group, celebrating the talent and opportunities in the retail industry today. Theo Paphitis attended, and made a speech to the retail nominees and guests before the dinner and awards kicked off.
Theo appealed to the Rising Stars to question why they do what they do: “Ask why! And, if you get fired, come and see me! Because you’re exactly the sort of person I want in my business.”
He warned of the implications of not keeping up: “BHS and Austin Reed. These businesses disappeared because of a lack of vision of the management and their inability to see what was happening in what I consider to be one of the best, most passionate industries in the world.”