Here in the United Kingdom we have been experiencing a lot of change recently. We’ve found ourselves preparing to leave the European Union following the EU referendum in June, and with that a spiral of changes to the economy and political leadership. We’ve also finally experienced summer with temperatures reaching highs of 32 degrees, which is often unheard of in our part of the world.
With all changes, people react and feel differently. Some of you might have voted for Brexit, while others of you advocated to stay in the European Union. Many in the United Kingdom may have embraced the hot weather, while others took to social media to moan it was too hot.
Change cannot be helped. As the old adage says, “the only thing that is constant is change”. But what really matters is not that change happens but how we react to it. We can’t prevent changes, but we can commit to dealing with them together.
This brings me on to my second ‘c’ of the month – commitment. This word is often used in relationships. It is defined as “a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in”. For us, that is the UK jewellery industry. We all believe in it, we all work within it, and we all have high hopes for its future.
The new De Beers chief executive officer Bruce Cleaver recently highlighted the importance of relationships, calling them the “cornerstone of the business”.
With such uncertain times in front of us, it is important to commit to our industry relationships and commit to working with one another in order to build the best future for our industry.
As the new editor of Professional Jeweller I’m committed to working with the industry and providing a platform through the magazine and website that unites everyone together. I’m passionate about seeing our industry thrive and playing my part by reporting news, speaking to key figures and allowing those who want to be heard have a voice through our publication.
Like Cleaver, I believe relationships are key. We must never lose sight of the fact that the entire UK jewellery industry has a part to play in its success story. Now is not the time to fight over things we cannot change. It is time to come together, stronger than ever before.