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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Pandora UK’s managing director shares plans for growth

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Pandora UK’s managing director shares plans for growth

It’s been just over a year since Brien Winther flew over from Australia to become Pandora UK’s managing director, and already the market has seen a shift in the way the brand does business. With a background in retail, Winther has been on a mission to transform Pandora’s UK boutiques by first and foremost empowering

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DIAMOND DEBATE: The case for lab-grown diamonds

Discussions about lab-grown diamonds in the UK jewellery industry have been increasing over the last year, with more and more suppliers playing with the cultivated stones, and retailer’s questioning whether there is a demand for them. If America is anything to go by, there certainly is consumer demand for the man-made stones. After all, once

SPECIAL REPORT: How Jacobs the Jewellers has thrived on the high street for 70 years

Every year that passes by on the high street at the moment is an accomplishment in its own right. Jewellers up and down the country will agree that every 12-month cycle presents its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Not only has Jacobs the Jewellers managed to weather all challenges and make it to

SPECIAL REPORT: Why retailers should say ‘I do’ to British-made bridal jewellery

When it comes to high quality home-grown products, the UK jewellery industry is in no short supply. Great Britain is home to many outstanding jewellery suppliers, from large manufacturers regularly churning out high volumes, to independent goldsmiths creating remarkable pieces on their work benches every day. One only needs to visit Hatton Garden and the

SPECIAL REPORT: How jewellery retailers engage with local communities to encourage customer loyalty

Whether an independent jeweller with one store in a quaint countryside village, or a national retailer with a presence in all the major cities, it’s important for every single jeweller to embed their business into the local community. Just like the saying goes that people buy from people, more often than not consumers like to

REVEALED: Challenges retailers and suppliers face in the bridal jewellery market

Despite bridal returning to a position of being the bread and butter product category for many jewellery retailers, it does not come without its challenges. In fact, there are challenges both retailers and suppliers are having to overcome to make sure this sector in the UK jewellery industry shines. For some the ever-growing bespoke element

SPECIAL REPORT: Peter Jackson believes key to surviving retail conditions is constantly moving forward

Despite a shop closure and ever-present challenges of high street retail, four-strong independent jeweller Peter Jackson has stayed on top game throughout 2017, enjoying healthy sales and delivering the first side-by-side Thomas Sabo concept store. Peter Jackson the Jeweller is one of the industry’s most highly respected independent jewellers. With a heritage dating back to

Laings group on course for £35 million turnover in current financial year

The freshly re-united Laings group will achieve sales of £35 million in its current financial year that ends this month. Managing director Joe Walsh reveals to WatchPro, Professional Jeweller’s sister title, that the former Laing and Parkhouse businesses, owned by Michael Laing until summer of last year, will deliver sales of around £20 million. What

FEATURE: Jacob’s the Jeweller on standing the test of time on Reading high street

Every year that passes by on the high street at the moment is an accomplishment in its own right. Jewellers up and down the country will agree that every 12-month cycle presents its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Not only has Jacobs the Jewellers managed to weather all challenges and make it to

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