This competition is not running in 2023

However, we will continue our strong relationship with our Competition Organising Partner, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, an innovative and high performing college, to inspire the next generation of visual merchandisers to develop their skills to the highest standard and encourage more people into careers in the sector.


A Visual Merchandiser is responsible for designing the window displays for a store, as well as ensuring that the interior of the store is laid out accurately so that the customer can navigate the store easily.

The competition has been designed to reflect the practical skill set a visual merchandiser must employ, encompasses styling product, decal use, painting, prop-making, graphics, and lighting. Within the competition, all these components must be implemented together to produce a balanced and eye-catching display. Attention to detail and neatness in execution is also of paramount importance.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Creativity

  • Time management

  • Organisational skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Analytical skills

  • Presentation skills

  • IT skills

  • Leadership

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Competitors must be familiar with core competencies but not have more than 2 years’ in industry and have been studying for a Level 3 during the academic year of registration.
  • Candidates currently in education should have successfully completed at least one year of a relevant qualification in: Visual merchandising, retail, fashion, branding or creative, practical art course.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 28 February – 1 April 2022

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality-assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

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