It is hard to believe that the Hot 100 has been and gone again and I hope you will agree that it was another fantastic evening, with over 350 industry professionals gathering at the Kensington Roof Gardens to cheer on friends and colleagues.
Compiling the Hot 100 is both the easiest and the hardest of tasks our editorial team undertakes each year.
Easy, because there is so much talent to choose from; so much creativity; so much passion; so much success to reflect on among the thousands of people Professional Jeweller speaks to throughout the year. Hard, because there is no way we can distil down the successes of an entire industry into just 100 individuals.
This is one of the reasons we produce the Hot 100, rather than adopting a traditional awards format. We view the Hot 100 as this year’s flag bearers for the entire industry, not just a handful of winners among thousands of losers. They are special, and have achieved special things this year, but they are far from unique. There are many more who work alongside them, above them and below them in the pursuit of their business goals.
One approach we always take is to remind ourselves of the mission statement of Professional Jeweller, which is to help businesses profit from the sale of jewellery. We are a business title, and increasing profit is ultimately what all our readers must aim to achieve – be that through outstanding buying decisions, design, marketing, sales, logistics or myriad other disciplines that collectively elevate companies from good to great.
The Hot 100 come from across the jewellery business landscape, and some represent businesses that are far more profitable than others, but we hope that by reading their stories, you will pick up some informative or inspirational ideas that you can take back to your organisations and help them profit even more from the sale of jewellery.
Congratulations to all those in the Hot 100 this year!