Retail Academy graduates first set of retail entrepreneurs

President of Bervidson Retail Group, Mr. Joseph Ebata presenting certificate to one of the graduands.

By 'Gbenga Bankole

The foremost retail citadel of learning in Nigeria, Retail Academy has graduated her first set of retail entrepreneurs.

The Retail Academy training exercise is designed to equip and develop participants with the up to date global best practices success principles.

Speaking exclusively with BrandInfo at the graduation ceremony which took place last weekend, the President of Bervidson Retail Group, Mr. Joseph Ebata said that the Retail Academy is a programme or training put together by Bervidson Retail Group as an answer to retail industry, particularly as it was demanded at the last year Retail Leaders’ Conference.

He noted that the Retail Academy was put together as a way of supporting the retail industry in Nigeria.

According to him, they started with two major programmes which are Retail Training Internship Programme(RTIP) and
Retail Entrepreneurship Development Programme (REDP).

Ebata disclosed that RTIP is designed to help the unemployed, train them and release them to the industry for employment opportunities, adding that the purpose of the programme is to solve the problem of unemployment in Nigeria and help the industry to get competent staff to work in retail.

He also noted that REDP is set out to help rebuild retail entrepreneurs to learn how to start and run a successful retail business.

The renowned retail expert said that the students that graduated are actually the first set of the   REDP.

The REDP programme, according to him runs on Saturdays for two months, saying that it runs for three hours on Saturdays for two months period.

Some of the graduands who spoke with BRANDINFO expressed their happiness and explained how the programme has been an eye opener to them.

Mrs. Khairat Adaranijo, Managing Director, Khabonys Enterprises

I am happy to be graduating today and I thank God that I came for this programme. Before coming for this programme I was running the business on my own with little I know, but this academy has helped me to realized a lot of mistakes I made in the past. Putting what we were taught here into practice has indeed helped my business.

We have been taught about the process in retail business which will help us to struggle-less with our businesses. My message for retailers out there is that they should apply for this programme, it will help their businesses a lot. It is this kind of programme that will bring a positive turnaround to their businesses. So many people are struggling with their businesses today because they believe in the little they know. I want to tell them that they should apply for this training because it is what they need.

Mrs. Fadesola Adedeji

I feel very blessed to be among the graduands. The programme has done so many positives things to me. Before the programme, to relate with people is a problem to me, but with the training we were given, I believe I can relate very well with my customers to make them happy, not only my customers, but also my staff.

I am going into supermarket business. Part of what we were taught during this programme which I will apply is to make my customers and staff happy and become a successful business woman.

I will advice people out there to come for this training. Also, the organizer needs to create more awareness for the programme. They need to publicize it for people to know that we have this kind of programme in Nigeria because a lot of people traveled out of Nigeria looking for this kind of programme.

Ofure Rey Siakpere
Store name: Alpha Concepts Stores

The programme was indeed wonderful. I am so excited to be part of the graduands. I was able to know what retail is all about which is determination and passion. This programme has added a whole lot of things to me. It changed my paradigm on how I relate with customers. Now I can express love to my external customers not only my internal customers. I can now be passionate not only to my internal customers who are my employees, but also my external customers. I learned that these people are part of my life, they are not strangers to me at all. I suppose to be in their shoes and give them value for their monies. I also learned that retail is not about profit all the time. There are times you have to sacrifice to make your customers happy because when you do that you have made them to be thinking of coming to patronize you next time.

I will beg, advice and suggest to people out there to make this programme a priority. If they want their businesses to grow, they need to acquire knowledge. And when it comes to acquiring knowledge about retail business, retail academy is what everybody should be part of.

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