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OSS Retail

Unique learning opportunity for retailers

bira members have the opportunity to learn new management skills, and develop existing ones in the inspirational learning environment of OSS Retail, formerly known as Oxford Summer School.

How you'll benefit
OSS Retail, a subsidiary of bira, offers a truly unparalleled learning experience for independent retailers. Since 1923 it’s been changing lives and transforming the careers of retail professionals.
  • bira members receive an exclusive 25% discount on course fees
  • Access to expert retail knowledge and skills
  • New ways of managing, leading and thinking
  • Cutting edge content and unprecedented access to the very best keynote speakers from the world of retail
  • Opportunity to network with retailers across the industry
  • Challenging and engaging group exercises
  • Ongoing personal and business development
  • City & Guilds accredited – Foundation and Academy

OSS Retail programmes are unique as they are run by retailers for retailers. They provide the opportunity for large and small retailers from across the UK and internationally to learn together and from one another.


Year on year, both leading independent retailers and retail PLC’s send their top talent to the cost-effective development programmes – a true testament to the quality training delivered by OSS Retail.

Retail Foundation Programme | 1-5 July 2019 | St. Hugh’s College, Oxford
Enhancing the vital skills necessary to successfully lead a team and build confidence as retail managers. Also to understand the impact that successful leaders can have on the business.

Retail Academy Programme | 17-23 August 2019 | Keble College, Oxford
Enhancng the delegate’s understanding and management of the five key retail resources: People, Money, Merchandise, Marketing and Retail Channels.

Retail Masters Programme | 25-28 February 2019 | Saïd Business School, Oxford
Encourages delegates to develop creative solutions to high level strategic issues and boost awareness of major trends in the retail sector.

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It has been an incredible journey which has completely changed my outlook. I’ve learnt so much and met some amazing people. I’ll cherish the experience forever.

Jonathan Wilson, W.D Coe, bira member, Foundation 2017