As students and graduates raise money for charity and demonstrate their future leadership skills. 15 aspiring future business leaders from across the UK took part in an ‘Apprentice-style’ challenge at Leicester Market, as part of Dunelm’s Graduate Leadership Assessment Centre. The candidates started their day at 4.30am and were given a set budget to spend with Total Produce, based at Leicester’s Wholesale Fruit Market and The Flower Company in Freemans Common. The candidates then made their way over to Leicester Market and started trading at 7.30am on 4 market stalls.
Throughout the day the 4 teams – ‘Fruits to go’, ‘6-a-Day’, ‘Fresh Start’ and ‘Wholesale to Home-Start’ raised a total of £1,121 in profit, all of which will go to Dunelm’s charity partner, Home-Start UK. The Leicester-based charity provides support, guidance and practical help to over 30,000 families struggling with complex issues across the UK.
Multi-million-pound homeware retailer Dunelm first begun trading at Leicester Market back in 1979 when its founder Bill Adderley began selling ready-made curtains on a stall before the first Dunelm shop opened in Leicester in 1984. Over the years the business has developed into a successful chain of high street with over 160 Dunelm stores nationwide, coordinated from their headquarters in Syston, Leicestershire.
Dunelm’s Graduate Leadership Programme offers final year university students and graduates the chance to learn and develop their skills with the national retailer, as well as be coached and supported to become future business leaders. The two-day assessment centre culminating in the Leicester market challenge is designed to test their commerciality, work ethic and leadership traits.
For further information about the Dunelm Graduate Leadership Programme visit: www.dunelmcareers.com.