newly formed Sector Skills Council for the retail industry, Skillsmart, has
been officially launched and presented with a licence to operate.
Lewis, the Minister for Adult Skills awarded the licence to the new bodies
chairwoman, Belinda Earl, chief executive of Debenhams.
will focus on developing a skilled and motivated workforce with productivity
central to improving business success in the sector.
new SSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Retail Consortium (BRC),
but will represent the entire sector regardless of BRC membership.