Welcoming the next generation to his family business is unsurprisingly the proudest moment of the year for skiing enthusiast Jeremy France, whose two children are already settled in to their new roles at Jeremy France Jewellers.
“Succession planning is important for securing the future of the company, and I’m confident that my children will continue to develop the business and help it thrive,” he says.
“With excellent HR management from my daughter Harriet, the company will continue to be a desirable place to work for our current and future employees. Meanwhile, my son Chris has inherited my position at the bench, and with his fresh approach to jewellery making and repairs we are moving forward with our technical capabilities, having invested in a state-of-the-art laser welder and 3D printer.”
Jeremy has also welcomed back former sales assistant Nicola Vern, this time as store manager, and believes that the business will quickly feel the bottom line benefits of these changes to the management team. “We have also been focusing on our PR and advertising this year, and have seized the opportunity to get involved with local charity The Murray Parish Trust, which is a cause very close to our hearts.
Raising much-needed funds to build a children’s specialist A&E department at Southampton Hospital, our sponsorship of the charity’s star-studded ‘Odd Ball’ in November includes donating a loose 0.50 carat diamond as the top raffle prize – hopefully there will be plenty of magpies putting their hands into their pockets on the night!” Jeremy laughs.
Indeed, Jeremy France Jewellers is already being recognised on both a local and national stage, scooping Independent Business of the Year at the 2016 Winchester Business Excellence Awards, and reaching the finals for several other awards over the past 12 months. “We see it as such an accomplishment and honour to have been acknowledged as leaders in our field,” says Jeremy.