Barbados beckons for a Blackburn manager whose store ranked 13th out of 238 Ryman Stationery stores across the UK.

Tahir Quraishi, who runs the The Mall Blackburn’s outlet, will be jetting off to Ryman Stationery's annual all-inclusive conference with Chairman and Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis on Sunday 15th May.

As part of Ryman’s staff incentive scheme, each store is given a target to hit in the eight weeks leading to Christmas.

With just two weeks to go the Blackburn store was sitting in 56th position but a fantastic festive trading period in the £66m redeveloped Mall saw him shoot to 13th, securing his place on the dream trip.

In 2010 Tahir flew to the Ryman’s conference in Halkidiki, where he spent time discussing ideas for the future of the business with Theo Paphitis, Chief Executive Officer Kypros Kyprianou and his peers from England, Scotland and Wales.

Tahir said: “I have a fantastic team here in Blackburn and we always work hard to ensure we provide the best products and excellent service to our customers all year round. The staff incentives are an added bonus and really make you feel appreciated by your employer.

“It is always very exciting during the eight week period running up to Christmas and all our efforts, once again, paid off when we received the fantastic news that we came 13th out of 238. My staff were given a cash reward, so everyone gets recognised for their efforts.

“Meeting other managers and getting the chance to speak to Theo and Kypros is really interesting and we discuss everything from ideas we all have to drive the company forwards to swapping hints and tips on best practice.”

Loraine Jones, general manager of The Mall Blackburn, said: “We are very pleased that Tahir will be flying the flag for Blackburn in Barbados and delighted that all the hard work him and his team put in has been recognised.”

Tahir has worked in the same unit in The Mall Blackburn since 1986 and whenever a new company has taken over the unit they have retained him as manager in recognition of his retail business acumen.

He has been working at Ryman for five years and this is the second year in a row his efforts are being rewarded with a place at one of the hugely anticipated conferences.


Picture shows: Tahir gets into the holiday spirit with his hat, sunglasses and fancy shirt!

Notes to Journalist

  • The Mall Blackburn is situated in the heart of Blackburn town centre with 600,000sqft of retail space and more than 90 retailers including Debenhams, BHS, Primark, WH Smith and Tesco as well as a number of independent retailers.

The Mall is the UK's leading community shopping centre Fund. Managed by Capital & Regional and Aviva Investors, The Mall Fund owns 11 shopping centres across the UK - home to approximately 1400 retail units and attracting approximately 2.3 million shopping visits every week.

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