BLE sees record numbers for this year's Retail Mentoring Programme

Marks & Spencer, Halfords and The Entertainer are all set to participate.
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Over 50 buying professionals will take part in BLE's Retail Mentoring Programme this year, a new record for the scheme.

Marks & Spencer, Halfords and The Entertainer are all set to participate in the scheme, and delegate numbers for the six-month programme have almost doubled in a year.

Run as part of BLE, the programme is designed to give buying and merchandising professionals a deeper understanding of the licensing industry. Other delegates for this year includes Sainsbury's, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Claire's Accessories and Matalan.

Delegates attend workshops, seminars and the LIMA Licensing Essentials Course and Spring Fling event as well as shadowing licensors in their workplace. The programme culminates in a visit to BLE where the theory is put into practice.

Delegates also have the opportunity to formally judge products for the Licensing Industry Awards.

"Since its launch in 2010, the programme has received a phenomenal response from retailers and we are delighted with the record delegate numbers for this year" said Anna Knight, BLE brand director.

"We have actively expanded the categories for the 2016 programme and now have delegates on board who are looking for opportunities in homeware, travel, footwear, books, beauty and toys. We have also seen growth in the number of retail designers and merchandisers joining the programme. We would urge any retailers who are looking to learn more about licensing to join the programme before it officially launches at the end of the month."

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