Free Training for Independent Retailers



“We were taking an average of £600 to £700 a day. Then, after the Martec workshop this week on visual merchandising we spent the afternoon re-organising the shop and putting into practice everything we had learnt. The next day we had sales of £2,000! We’d almost tripled our previous daily takings. And everything we did was free to implement too. It isn’t a fluke either. This week our sales were up £5,000 on the previous week”

Tom Bucknell, Co-Owner, Tina Bucknell Fashion, Burgess Hill

  • Need some practical down to earth training that will help you increase profits and compete more effectively with the chains?
  • Want some tailored advice on boosting sales that is free to implement?


Ensure New Year profitability by joining the Mid Sussex retail training programme:

  • Especially designed for independent retailers
  • Delivered by retail experts
  • Funded by Mid Sussex District Council.


Book now for all or some of the workshops we have planned: 


Sales and Customer Service

Tuesday, 26th February – Cuckfield Parish Council, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield


Inventory and Stock Management

Monday, 11th March – Council Chamber, College Lane, East Grinstead 


All the above sessions are morning only sessions. For more details, please download the brochure.


Is it for me?

The programme is designed for the owners and managers of independent retailers trading in the Mid Sussex District Council area who sell merchandise to consumers. The training is free and is funded by Mid Sussex District Council. 



Will it make a difference to my sales and profitability?

Yes. You should see sales increase, stock productivity gains and lower markdowns. Everything we cover will include suggested action items for you. Everyone is encouraged to bring photos of their store and challenges to discuss, so that you get direct input on how to up your game. We will help you identify quick wins as a key part of the program.



What does the coaching involve?

Attendance at the workshops will allow you to become eligible for a free coaching session and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in your own store. Up to 20 coaching sessions will be available on a first come first served basis. In effect it is free consulting that is tailored to your needs and business. We can cover your key concerns and make our own recommendations on potential improvements. 



Who is doing the training?

Martec International is an independent retail training and consulting company staffed by former retailers with many years’ experience in mainstream retail. We are known for our practical, yet inspirational training that really transforms businesses and improves their profitability.



How do I book?

Register your interest here or email Fran Riseley at Martec or call her on 01823 333469. We’ll do the rest. Fran will also be able to answer any questions you have. But hurry, spaces are limited and it’s first come first served.


Not from Mid Sussex but require retail training?

Within our Retail Development Academy we host a number of e-learning courses that are suitable for independent retailers, visit our training page for independent retailers to find out more or contact Fran Riseley for more information and/or assistance.



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