We were delighted to celebrate the 2019 WHSmith High Street ‘Smithies’ Awards this week. Our brilliant shortlist from across our High Street Head Office were nominated and voted for by their colleagues, and on Monday we celebrated our 11 deserving winners across categories which included Contribution to the Community, Entrepreneurial Spirit and the Above and Beyond Award. A huge thank you to all the teams and individuals who were nominated for their exceptional work and congratulations to all our winners!
Ensuring our employees are supported in balancing their family life and their career is important and one of the reasons WHSmith advocate flexible working. workingmums.co.uk & workingdads.co.uk have shared an interview with Ian and Jane Spencer, who both work in senior roles at WHSmith, about their experience of how their working hours have flexed and changed as their children have grown. #flexibleworking
We are proud to announce that today we have opened a brand-new WHSmith, M&S Simply Food and Costa Coffee in Colchester Hospital.
We have worked closely with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, as well as our franchise partners M&S and Costa Coffee, to deliver the new stores and would like to thank all involved for their hard work!
We look forward to welcoming patients, staff and visitors at Colchester Hospital into our stores to enjoy the fantastic new convenience offer.
At WHSmith, we recognise the importance of flexibility in our workplace to support employees in balancing their career and family life. Here’s Working Dads interview with Scott Loudon – Group Recruitment Manager on why flexible working has helped him maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Happy #internationalmensday to all the working fathers out there.
Click here to read the full interview: https://www.workingdads.co.uk/whsmith-flexible-working/
#workingdads #flexibleworking #WHSmith
Last week we celebrated our 2019 WHSmith Travel ‘Smithies’ Awards, recognising deserving winners within our Travel and International UK Head Office, all nominated and voted for by our colleagues in Head Office.
From over 150 nominations, we celebrated ten winners across categories awarding everything from Innovation & Creativity to Team Player, Stores Champion to Most Inspiring Manager.
Congratulations to all our winners and nominees, and thank you for all your brilliant work!
We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of Marshall Retail Group (MRG), a fast-growing and highly successful US travel retailer, for $400m. This is in addition to the strong performance we’ve seen across the WHSmith Group, announced today.
The acquisition will significantly accelerate the growth of our Travel business overseas, and broadly doubles our international business. The US travel retail market is the largest in the world, worth $3.2bn annually. The combined group is ideally placed to compete across news, books, convenience, tech accessories and specialty retail in the US travel market.
MRG operates more than 170 North American locations and generates the majority of its revenue through the sale of news, gifts and convenience products. It has already won 36 additional stores, with 24 due to open next year.
MRG has a strong track record of winning tenders due to its differentiated approach, creating a strong sense of place for the consumer and landlord. We look forward to working with Michael C. Wilkins, CEO of Marshall, and his team to drive continued growth across Marshall, WHSmith and InMotion. Welcome to our new colleagues at MRG, we look forward to the exciting road ahead.
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From Finance Graduate to Trading Director. Our High Street Trading Director for Books, News and Confectionery, Alastair Aldous spoke to Rethink Retail to share his journey at WHSmith.
Al has been at WHSmith for 15 years, starting as a Finance Graduate and rising through the business to now being responsible for Books, News and Confectionery trading. click the link below to see the full interview and see how Al’s career has grown with him during his time at WHSmith and how he has taken each opportunity to try something new.
Al’s story is one of many in the business, so if you’re looking for a career that will challenge, drive and deliver for you; then we want to hear from you!
Full interview – https://lnkd.in/eN7ZD33
This week see’s the end of Kate and Mikaila’s placement year here at our Head Office in Swindon, Wiltshire. Kate in IT and Mikaila in HR have been an asset to our teams and we would like to wish them every success with their return to uni. Thank you for all your hard work and we are pleased to hear that you have learnt a huge amount whilst with WHSmith. Good luck with your final year!!!
“I’m delighted to have joined WHSmith, whose stores I remember spending a lot of time in when I was growing up. I’ve joined the business as International Finance Director and am excited to be joining a fast growing business which continues to innovate in the year that it celebrates its 225th year anniversary as the world’s oldest retail chain.
I have substantial and varied experience of working at other retailers – John Lewis, Tesco and Sainsbury’s – as well as a professional services background in consulting at Accenture and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
I live in Ealing in West London with my two sons who are aged 9 and 6. I was born in India and lived in Tanzania, before my family came to the UK when I was 5 years old. I seem to spend a lot of my spare time on my children’s interests – Chelsea FC, Justin Bieber, rugby and Harry Potter – but the grown up in me enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, visiting galleries and seeing friends.”
“I’m half French and half Welsh (an unusual combination!). My mum, who is French, says she is disappointed with how English I have turned out.
I’m married with 2 kids – Ella (9) and Toby (5) who keep me on my toes. My favourite thing is watching Toby’s football matches and Ella’s tennis matches, they make me proud!
I started my career on the selling side of things on the sales and marketing graduate scheme at Nestle. My first year was spent selling chocolates out of the boot of my car to small independent shops which was good fun and taught me a lot. After 5 years at Nestle I then moved onto the buying side of things and I have spent 6 years at ASDA doing various buying roles and latterly 8 years at Wilko as Trading Director. I like to focus on building ranges that customers love, delivering results, ensuring good processes and structures are in place, keeping it simple and having fun.
I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far. I particularly like the people and the culture and the way we pull together to get things done at pace. I’m especially impressed with our financial rigour which is the strongest I’ve ever experienced by a distance. I also want to make sure, in my team, that we talk about the customer more and spend more time in Retail.”