Victoria to sponsor retail training

Announcements from the Victorian Government that it would sponsor three significant retail workshops as part of Victoria’s 2012 Small Business Festival have been welcomed by retailers.

The Australian Retailers Association says the decision showed Victoria was leading the way in equipping the retail sector for future success.

ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman said the Victorian Government was working with the association to deliver three workshops of relevance to retail business owners, and followed yesterday’s $6 million funding pledge to the Streetlife program designed to provide targeted assistance to retailers throughout the state.

“Run by the ARA as part of Victoria’s Small Business Festival, the workshops on offer will focus in on the important skills retailers need to develop their businesses for the future especially in the areas of multichannel retailing, tenancy and employee management for sales success,” he said.

“This is a welcome step by the Victorian Coalition Government towards tackling real retail industry issues through education. The ARA is calling on all other states to follow Victoria’s lead and invest in Australia’s retail sector which contributes $240 billion and 1.2 million jobs to the economy.

“The ARA is delighted to be working with the Victorian Government on both the Small Business Festival workshops and the Streetlife program as the vital link between government and the retail sector,” Zimmerman said.

Workshop topics and dates are:

• Retail Rent Stress 9 August Online
• Employing and Managing People 16 August Melbourne CBD
• Featured workshop: Creating Success Online 29 August Melbourne CBD

To reserve your place at one of the retail workshops, email events@retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

For more information on the festival, or any of the small business events that will occur in August, visit website or call 13 22 15.

Applications for Streetlife will open later this year.

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