Retail & Hospitality Recruitment

Our Retail & Hospitality Practice is a market leading retail executive recruitment specialist for senior talent within the sector. We have a long established reputation as the retail headhunters who consistently identify and assess great people to add demonstrable value to our clients. 

With a diverse client base, we have successfully recruited for FTSE 250 businesses, SMEs and venture capitalist backed organisations across a range of sectors.

Retail & Hospitality sectors we cover include:

  • Accessories 
  • Beauty 
  • Casual Dining
  • Convenience
  • Entertainment
  • Events & Fixed Venues
  • Fashion 
  • Grab and Go 
  • GM
  • Grocery 
  • Health & Fitness
  • Home  
  • Hotels & Travel
  • Luxury
  • Premium Dining
  • Pubs & Bars
  • Recreation
  • SHED 
  • Specialist 
  • Value 

Dedicated retail & hospitality headhunters for challenging times

The retail & hospitality sector is a bellwether for the wider economy. The global economic downturn hit retailers hard and we have seen several well-known chains forced into administration. The worst of the recession is now over and for those that have weathered the downturn, the future appears bright, with many emerging stronger. Retail & hospitality remains a dynamic sector to work in and continues to attract some of the most talented individuals in the UK offering stimulating and rewarding careers. 

Food and drink are at the heart of consumer culture today and the UK eating-out market is estimated to be worth over £87 billion.  While consumers continue to engage with and enjoy the sector across several channels, brand power hold its strength at the more expensive end of the market but the casual dining segment still find their target markets to be cost conscious and savvy about pursuing the best value without compromising on quality.  The market has never been more competitive and consumers in the hospitality and leisure space are more discerning and attentive than ever before. It is vital for operators in this space to innovate, deliver high quality and communicate to their patrons across all available platforms to build loyalty.  In order to excel in this market position candidates need to be dynamic and commercial with an ability to adapt to a fast-moving, constantly evolving sector. 

We know how important it is to understand our clients’ needs – and we’re able to put that knowledge into action by identifying individuals who will have the right fit with their organisation and can make a real impact. We also know it can be hard to attract the best people. Using deeply experienced retail & hospitality headhunters like Berwick Partners gives you an advantage in attracting the highest calibre candidates.

Representative assignments include:

  • American Golf - E-commerce Commercial Manager
  • Ann Summers - Marketing General Manager
  • Bargain Booze - Senior Buyer
  • Booths Supermarkets - Logistics General Manager
  • DSGi - Category Manager
  • Halfords - Operations Director
  • Iceland - Category Manager
  • Midlands Co-operative - Property Director
  • Pets at Home - Head of Supply Chain
  • Screwfix - Head of Retail Operations
  • Wm Morrisons - Audit Manager
  • Carpetright - Head of HR


“Tamsin and I have worked together now for more than 10 years… she delivers in a way that ensures the right results for the organisation are met, and that the candidate experience is both positive and professional… she is skilfully able to project and protect the employer brand and reputation, and enhance it through the process. Candidate feedback on their relationship with Tamsin is second to none, and regardless of the outcome of the search, all candidates are treated in the same way – critical in portraying the brand credibly.” Matthew Blake, HR Director, CarpetRight

“I recently had the need to fill an Operations Director role for our PLC company responsible for 1350 stores… Paul impressed me with his knowledge of our sector and clearly knew who all the key players were, and how he would approach the brief and I sensed that this was someone who could find me the person I was looking for. I interviewed six candidates, all of whom were serious contenders for the role… My experience of dealing with Paul has been excellent, he is extremely professional yet very approachable, a great communicator and he delivers the brief.” Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, Mccolls

"I have known Tamsin for several years. She's dynamic, astute, highly commercial, fun, with a superb range of industry sector expertise. In a market which is saturated with quality recruitment organisations, Tamsin's experience combined with superb networking capability and style of doing business makes her one of my first 'go to' people to trust for my recruitment needs." Liz Jewitt-Cross, HR Director, Jaegar

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Tamsin Terry-Lush

Tamsin Terry-Lush is Head of the Retail Practice for Berwick Partners.

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Karin Andersson

Karin is a specialist Hospitality & Leisure Consultant within the Retail practice.

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Why Choose us?

Recruitment at all levels is an increasingly difficult task; selecting the correct partner is critical. Berwick Partners has a long heritage and a reputation for helping our clients to get these decisions right. The reasons are simple:

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