August 2012 – West Tigers Gearzone

Outstanding Business of the Month: Wests Tigers Gearzone

Owned and operated by Wests Tigers, GearZone is your one stop shop for all Wests Tigers merchandise and memorabilia. Proceeds from GearZone go directly back to Wests Tigers. Established in 2009 they recently relocated to the lower level of Macarthur Square, next to NRMA.

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About 18 months ago, Store Manager, Deanne Solomons decided to offer Year 11 and 12 students, who are studying retail as part of their Higher School Certificate, the opportunity to get’ hands on’ experience in her store.  Many of these students are on the life skills program and have special needs.

Deanne says “I get such a buzz out of giving these students a go.  They start with very little retail knowledge but by the end of the week they have mastered stock count, re-stocked shelves, priced merchandise and put into practice their customer service skills.  Seeing their confidence soar is so rewarding.”

Deanne has a message for companies not yet involved in the MWLP program. “Give these kids a go! Everyone has to start somewhere.  The joy you get out of helping our youth is great.  You get back as much as you give out.”

 As this month’s outstanding winner, Wests Tigers Gearzone will receive profiling in the Macarthur Chronicle, one month’s free advertising on C91.3FM, exposure on www.mwlp.com.au and thanks to United Cinemas Narellan, Grand Seating movie tickets.

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students  for week-long work placements, please phone Peter Miller at MWLP on 4625 1863 or email peter.miller@mwlp.com.au

Areas of interest other than Retail are Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Information Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries and Tourism.

It’s a great way to showcase your business and it’s free.  

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