Applications open for Touchstone Awards 2015

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Trading standards experts called upon by British Hallmarking Council.

Trading Standards personnel from across the UK and being encouraged to apply for this year’s Touchstone Awards, designed to highlight the best initiatives in enforcing hallmarking.

The Award is presented annually by the British Hallmarking Council, with 2014 victor the London Borough of Southwark benefitting from a presentation at the Trading Standards Conference in July and a full tour of the Goldsmiths’ Hall in November to learn about the London Assay Office.

The London Borough of Southwarks highly praised operation revealed fraudulent trading, resulting in more than 1,300 items of jewellery being seized. Many were marked 925, but the Assay Office confirmed the items were not silver.

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The closing date for 2015 applications is April 24 2015 and applications for the Touchstone Award are welcomed from all those involved in enforcing Hallmarking in the UK. The application process is very straightforward and should not be a barrier to entry.

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