Welcome to OSS Retail

OSS Retail management development programmes offer a unique learning experience for talented professionals from UK, international and leading independent retailers.

OSS Retail management development programmes offer a unique learning experience for talented professionals from UK, international and leading independent retailers.

OSS, formerly known as Oxford Summer School, has been nurturing talented retailers since 1923; many of the OSS team are retailers themselves and care passionately about the future of retail.


BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT: In 2018, delegates described the programme as 'life changing' 'amazing' 'game changing experience' and 'unbelievably motivating' and 'an experience I will never ever forget'. Book your places early to avoid missing out!


The Academy takes outstanding retail managers and turns them into outstanding retail leaders. We do this by enhancing a delegate's understanding of the five key retail resources: People, Money, Merchandise, Marketing and Retail Channels.


The Masters programme explores the challenges facing retailers today, tomorrow and in the future. The course takes delegates beyond the day-to-day issues of running a business and provides unprecedented access to over 20 respected industry leaders and retail professionals.

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2020 Masters date to be confirmed

  • It has been an amazing week...a truly great experience I would recommend to all in retail for further development.
    Seema Thakrar, Aurora Fashions
  • By far the most inspirational, incredible experience of my career so far whilst also giving me the opportunity to develop on a personal level.
    Kirsty Blyde, Harrods
  • A full on week which was eye opening! I feel I have learnt some extremely beneficial skills and can build on these at an early stage in my career!
    Sarah Abbot, B&Q
  • Amazing, inspiring, energetic and focussed throughout. All the tasks were well organised and impacted on the whole week!
    Alicia Dickenson, M&S
  • The single most valuable thing I have done in my life. A truly awe-inspiring experience. I fell in love with retail, all over again!
    Samantha Ackland-Jones, Steamer Trading
  • The Academy is a must do, a truly once in a lifetime experience – it changed my perception of life and work.
    Chris Iverson, Marks & Spencer
  • The Academy is an intense but safe environment to try out new styles of management, learn new commercial skills and apply them immediately.
    Holly Hughes-Metcalf, Harrods
  • I now understand the bigger picture of business and how retail is moving forward – OSS offered lots of great insights that I have taken back to my company.
    Hayley Mead, The Disney Store
  • A fantastic experience that will assist me in achieving my potential and a development course that is a great investment to all companies within retail sector.
    Robert Haining, Nike
  • This Masters was enlightening, challenging, rewarding, unbelievable, fun and memorable. It was an experience like no other and one I will never forget.
    Jemma Banks, Mothercare
  • The Masters is inspirationally thought provoking on more levels than I could have ever imagined.
    Craig Brackner, Thorntons
  • The Masters is a great opportunity to work with and meet impressive people from very different parts of the industry whilst gaining valuable insights into important trends and ideas.
    Joshua Doctor, Westfield
  • The OSS Masters was a fantastic experience, potentially the most valuable programme I have attended during my career.
    Robin Stevens, McArthurGlen

Our delegates come from across the retail spectrum:

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