Ashley Pankhurst - General Manager - Allens of Olney (Scholarship)

Ashley Pankhurst - General Manager - Allens of Olney - OSS Masters - retailTRUST scholar

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been awarded a Scholarship to attend the Masters. If you are thinking of applying for a Scholarship - DO IT!

I also wanted to develop my leadership and people management skills and, in turn, enable myself to support the personal development of members of the team.My main objective for applying for a scholarship to OSS was to assist me in gaining knowledge in order to undertake an objective review of the business, to identify any weaknesses, opportunities to increase profitability and develop strategies for the future long-term viability. I have already started looking in detail at how the company’s “brand” is presented to the potential customer.

The opportunity to mix with other retailers from many backgrounds really opened my eyes to fact that we all share similar problems. I also found it an eye-opener that some people involved within larger businesses, whilst being extremely good at their job, didn’t have all the skills I hold, so it’s really helped my confidence in my ability.

It was an intense, full-on experience with lasting benefits, not just for my employer, but also for me. I am grateful to retailTRUST in awarding me this scholarship to attend the OSS as it has afforded me the fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge and gain vital insights for moving forward which were otherwise unattainable.

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