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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  British Finance Minister Philip Hammond introduces the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, from Mexico, to speak during an OECD press conference at the Treasury on October 17, 2017 in London, England. The OECD presented the latest Economic Survey of the UK in the press conference Tuesday. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

BUDGET 2017: Small businesses breathe slight sigh of relief

BUDGET 2017: Small businesses breathe slight sigh of relief

Businesses across the UK, including independent retailers, have largely welcomed the news that plans to cut business rate rises have been brought forward by two years. The changes will mean that from April business rate increases will be decided by the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation measure rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI).

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EXCLUSIVE: CMJ chairman promises to put members first as it re-focuses on core values

A root and branch review into the businesses of The Company of Master Jewellers will be completed in time for discussion at a board meeting next month. The review, which is being conducted by independent audit and accountancy firm Mazars, will be added to the views of CMJ members and suppliers that were canvassed at

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EXCLUSIVE: Brighton independent’s store closure ‘is business decision’

Brighton-based independent jewellery retailer, House of Hoye, has called in liquidators and has announced that it will close its shop. But founder Jeremy Hoye insists the decision was made as part of his wider business strategy for growth. The business has been operating in Brighton for 22 years but has decided to adapt and move

Stunning Signet rings from Domino Jewellery

Signet rings ‘back in fashion’ as Millennials head sales rush

Jewellery retailers are being offered a new opportunity as Millennials are start to fuel a new demand for signet rings. Young women in particular are seeking the age-old staple of the jewellery industry as the demand for personalised products among Millennials continues. According to jewellery manufacturer Domino, younger buyers appreciate the opportunities that signet rings

Forevermark helps ambassadors to find an aspect of the brand that resonates with them so their passion can be translated into sales

Brands and retailers reveal training secrets to make staff shine

Regardless of how fine, fashionable or desirable a business’ jewellery is, if consumers are not provided with flawless information or do not receive premier service, the business will fall short of its full potential. This is a widely accepted notion in the jewellery sector and as such most retailers have steps in place to ensure

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Clock starts ticking for jewellery retailers to publish gender pay gap data

New regulations that will require private sector employers to publish annual data on their gender pay gap have come into force. The rules – which will be enforced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission – require UK companies with 250 or more employees to provide data on their gender pay gap by April 2018.

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Hockley Mint aims to set new standards for jewellery apprenticeships

Jewellery manufacturer Hockley Mint is establishing a new industry panel of employers with the aim of setting new standards for manufacturing apprenticeships. It is to be established under the chairmanship of Gary Wroe, managing director of Hockley Mint in Birmingham. Its purpose will be to steer the development of a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for

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