Kettering woman to feature in BBC series to find UK’s best mobile phone seller

Maria Cooper.
Maria Cooper.

A Kettering woman is to take part in a BBC documentary about people fighting to win the title of the best mobile phone salesperson in the country.

Tesco Mobile, which has 300 branches across the country, has eight of its staff taking part in Phone Shop Idol, with four contestants featured in the series.

The six-part series launches on BBC2 at 10pm on Tuesday, January 19.

One of those featured is Maria Cooper, 48, who has been working at the Kettering Tesco Phone Shop since it opened in 2010.

And she says she “felt like a celeb” after being on the show – but her lips are sealed as to how she gets on.

She said: “I’ve been working in the Tesco store for 16 years and for the Phone Shop since it opened in 2010 so I’ve built many long-term friendships with customers and colleagues alike over the years.

“Tesco puts customer service at the heart of everything, so I strive to provide people with what they need – technology and especially phones are such a huge part of people’s lives now and it’s really important that someone has something that’s right for them.

“I don’t see it as a sale but as a consultation to ensure the customer gets exactly what they need to make their lives easier.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Shop Idol and I’d have the camera crew with me every day if I could.

“It made me feel like a real celeb! My husband, daughters and I are so excited to see it aired later this month.”

The winner is announced on stage at the Mobile Industry Awards in front of the crème de la crème of the telecoms world.

As well as the title of Shop Idol 2015, the winner is rewarded with a fast-tracked career going on to get the most coveted jobs in the industry.