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Failed Apprentice star’s jewellery business plan revealed

Failed Apprentice star’s jewellery business plan revealed

Jewellery industry contestant, Charles Burns, planned to pitch a finance firm for jewellers to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice. According to the Radio Times, Charles Burn of Burns Jewellers was going to pitch an idea based on his experience in the luxury jewellery and watch market. Burns told Radio Times: “I’d seen in my family


Jewellery store bags position on Brighton Monopoly board

Award-winning jewellery retailer Posh Totty Designs has secured a space on the rebooted Brighton Monopoly board. A revised version of the Brighton and Hove Monopoly game landed in shops this month, with Posh Totty Designs joining the board, alongside the i360 and Amex. Posh Totty Designs has secured the prestigious Strand spot. For the Brighton

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Forevermark secures new stockist before the year ends

The De Beers Group of Companies’ diamond jewellery brand Forevermark has secured a new retail partner, which will see the brand enter Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Rudell the Jewellers will now sell Forevermark’s diamond jewellery pieces in its Wolverhampton and Birmingham boutiques. Rudell the Jeweller managing director, Jon Weston, says: “ I’m extremely excited to partner with Forevermark,


ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: How can the jewellery industry bolster business online?

Professional Jeweller editor Stacey Hailes sat down with digital-savvy members of the UK trade to discuss how companies can  use online tools and channels to boost sales and build brand awareness… On the Panel: Diana Sherling (DS), founder, Lily Flo Jewellery Tamsin Ivy (TI), founder, Glitzbox Nimesh Thakrar (NT), co-founder, Banneya London Rose Swingler (RS),

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Jewellery mogul fails to win £250K investment from Lord Sugar

Manchester-based businessman and jewellery mogul Charles Burns failed to win Lord Sugar’s £250k investment on entertainment programme The Apprentice. Last night (Nov 22) 24-year-old Charles Burns, who is the third generation owner of a family jewellery retail business Burns Jewellers, was sent home by Lord Sugar after a shock triple eviction. Lord Sugar showed the contestants

Christmas shoppers walk through the streets of Chester, north west England on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Retailer confidence sky-high for festive season

UK jewellery retailers have funnelled funds into bumper marketing campaigns for the festive season, as Christmas confidence strengthens, according to a new report. The Barclays Christmas Confidence Survey has revealed that a third (34%) of UK retailers have increased their marketing spend, despite rising cost pressures, while 43% predict that increased marketing across the industry


RJC appoints director of business development

The Responsible Jewellery Council has appointed a director of business development to help expand its expertise and drive growth for the organisation. Edward Johnson joins the RJC from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where he worked to establish GIA’s presence in the UK and further expand it across Europe from 2015 as director of


Plans underway for world’s largest offshore diamond mining vessel

Debmarine Namibia, a 50/50 joint venture between the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers Group, today announced it is planning for the construction of the world’s largest custom-built diamond mining vessel. The new vessel, which is projected to cost approximately US$142 million (£107m), is expected to commence operations in 2021. It will