A HIGH-FLYING Boots store boss from Cheadle has been named as the company's top manager.
Gary Price, aged 50, has beaten managers at 1,800 other stores across UK and Ireland to earn himself the Leader of the Year title in Boots' annual Best of the Best competition.
The father-of-three received the accolade three months after transferring to the Boots store in Carillon Court, Loughborough, where he is now working his magic and leading an 86-strong team. Much of his award winning work took place at the Boots outlet store in Cannock where he was previously in charge and he is now hoping to have similar success at the Carillon Court store.
Gary said: "I spend every day with our customers and I find my role really rewarding.
"My main responsibility is to make sure the shoppers are happy with the service we provide and that the staff enjoy working here too.
"What I love about being a manager for Boots is that you have a lot of freedom around how you run your store and can always implement your own ideas. After winning the award, I will be investing all of my efforts into making the Loughborough store just as successful."
Baljit Kooner, Carillon Court Manager, said: "It is brilliant to have such a high flying manager as Gary on board at Boots which is a very popular store for our customers. I feel sure both Gary's team and our shoppers will benefit from his leadership. I wish him many congratulations – it's a terrific accolade to have beaten so many other people throughout the company."
After being nominated by his area colleagues, Gary was put through a rigorous judging process lasting almost 12 months, with all of his skills and abilities put under the spotlight and was assessed against 1,800 of his peers from across the UK on a range of things including store performance, leadership, corporate and social responsibility as well as customer and staff satisfaction. Gary was invited to the divisional award ceremony in Telford where he discovered he had come out on top in the Leader of the Year category. He said: "It was a really nice surprise and a real honour to find out I had won. The process has been like a journey and everything I've achieved will be put into the Loughborough store. I've had fantastic support from the people of Loughborough, who have been so welcoming, I can't thank them enough."Gary's background in retail has served him well after completing a management programme when he left university, before working as manager for Safeway for 18 years then spending five more years at Tesco. He has spent the last eight years working at several different Boots stores throughout the Midlands.