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Luxury lifestyle store inspires young local entrepreneurs


Thanks to leading luxury retailer Harvey Nichols, budding entrepreneurs from three schools across the Leeds City Region have gained a unique insight into the luxury retail sector by engaging with a business challenge facilitated by Ahead Partnership through its Make the Grade in Retail initiative.

The challenge – to design an edible treat to support an instore event – gave students from John Smeaton Academy, Roundhay School and Lightcliffe Academy a unique insight part of the organisational process in the lead up to a promotional event.

Harvey Nichols, recognised as the world’s leading luxury retailer, is renowned for its collections in fashion, beauty, food and wine. For students, this was an opportunity to learn more about one of the region’s growth areas – the retail sector – and one of its most notable stores.

Becky Carter, Assistant Head and Business teacher at John Smeaton Academy said that ‘This business challenge has complemented the Year 12 Business and Fashion Retail curriculum brilliantly. In addition to adding true value to the knowledge gained in the classroom, having mentors from the Leeds store work alongside our students has helped to further inspire and motivate these students to pursue a career in the retail sector’.

Mentors from Harvey Nichols visited the students at the school to relay their experience of working in roles such as Finance, Display, Operations and Stock Movement, to enhance students’ understanding of Harvey Nichols’ ethos and how it applies to their work.

Sue Stones, General Manager at Harvey Nichols Leeds said: ‘This is a great experience for us as well as the schools. The students were able to delve into the thinking behind our store’s success, whilst also understanding more about the various roles at Harvey Nichols contributing to it’.





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