Case study 1 – Melody Retail

Melody Retail, is one of many Sheffield City Region businesses to benefit from the Skills Made Easy project, a fashion retailer selling ladies clothing, shoes, bags and accessories.

Gemma Hill (pictured above), Store Manager at Melody Retail, says,

“We have been trading on The Moor in Sheffield for 25 years, having relocated from Castle Market in 1989. The opening of the new Moor Market has meant that many people are venturing to the Moor for the first time and discovering our store, which is brilliant for our business. Yet the dramatically increased levels of footfall on The Moor have also presented several challenges, which is why we got involved in the Skills Made Easy project.

“We were first contacted by Pippa Proctor from the Skills Made Easy team in January 2014. Pippa took the time to fully understand our businesses and the challenges we are facing, and provided an overview of the support which is available across the region. We are now looking to recruit two retail apprentices to help us cope with the increased levels of demand, and are currently in the process of delivering work trials to assess the suitability of two candidates for the roles.

“I am going to be taking a BTEC qualification in management, which will help to supplement the practical experience I have gained during my 11 years working at Melody Retail, and allow me to ground my management work in best practice and continue to create a happy friendly atmosphere where staff can enjoy their work. Finally, Pippa has signposted us to a part-funded training course on social media, which will help me to gain new skills and attract new businesses. We would not have known about these opportunities if it wasn’t for the Skills Made Easy programme, and I am now looking forward to the future with a great deal of excitement.”