AWARD FINALISTS: Cooper’s Home Hardware’s Jeremy Symonds and Dominick Woodland are rapt to be recognised.
AWARD FINALISTS: Cooper’s Home Hardware’s Jeremy Symonds and Dominick Woodland are rapt to be recognised. Max Fleet BUNCHH

Nominations a thrill for young sales staff

COOPER'S Hardware team members and cousins, Dominick Woodland and Jeremy Symonds, have been announced as finalists for this year's the Home Timber & Hardware Group (HTH Group) Best Young Retailer Award.

The Australia-wide award recognises and celebrates the contribution and achievements made by young people employed by Home Timber & Hardware, Thrifty-Link Hardware and Plants Plus Garden Centres.

The annual award offers an employee under 30 from the HTH Group the chance to win a $5000 education grant to help them develop new skills and continue their career progression.

To enter, the pair both submitted a short document demonstrating how they had implemented positive change in the store through excellent customer service and organising trade shows and events.

The cousins said they are both excited to be finalists.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Best Young Retailer award and delighted that I am a finalist," Mr Woodland said.

"I am passionate about retail and working with people," he said.

"I would like to gain further knowledge within the hardware industry"

Mr Symonds said: "Taking home the award would be an honour and enable me to learn more about the industry and grow my skills and strengths for the

future."

HTH Group national manager independent stores, Peter Richards, described the Best Young Retailer initiative as a great way to celebrate the efforts of young employees and to help them further their careers.

"Dominick and Jeremy should both be extremely proud to reach the finalist stage and we wish them all the best for the grand prize," Mr Richards said.

The HTH Group Best Young Retailer winner will be announced on Thursday, March 5, at the group's annual national conference, held on the Gold Coast.



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