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Seeking Top Shop’s top people


This year sees the return of the ServiceIQ-sponsored Retail Professional Award to Top Shop, celebrating the many rising star people working in retail businesses.

As ServiceIQ CEO Dean Minchington comments, “We are very pleased to sponsor the Retail Professional Award, as it gives businesses across New Zealand the opportunity to recommend their stand-out staff for recognition, at both the regional and national levels.”

Retail is both a major employer and contributor to the economy, and a cornerstone to success in other sectors, especially tourism. “Both Kiwis and visitors have myriad interactions with our shops and the people who work in them, so skilled people with the right training are vital to business success.”

Last year’s national winner, Liquor King’s Ashley Brunel, says the beauty of on-job training is that you can start the job from scratch, earn as you learn and gain qualifications to develop your career for the future. 

“Qualifications give you the edge and set you apart right from the word go. Qualifications help you get your foot in the door. It proves you know how the industry works and that you have passion and drive for the industry.”


The Top Shop Retail Professional Award recognises rising retail stars – people who show sales and service skills that make them stand out from the crowd. It is open to people of any age who have been working in retail for five years or less and have, or are studying towards a recognised Retail qualification.

For more information, please contact ServiceIQ on 0800 863 693 or email