SPECIAL REPORT: Chelmsford jewellers secure the commuter pound as high street improves

SPECIAL REPORT: Chelmsford jewellers secure the commuter pound as high street improves

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 local authorities were invited to submit bids for their towns to take on city status in a process overseen by the deputy prime minister’s office. Beating off 22 hopeful towns, Chelmsford received the ‘civic honours’ accolade alongside Perth in Perthshire and St Asaph in Denbighshire.


SPECIAL REPORT: Belfast jewellers confident about business despite Brexit concerns

  As Professional Jeweller represents the UK jewellery industry, we thought it was about time we visited a city outside of England. Editor Stacey Hailes hops on a plane to meet independent jewellers in Belfast to discover how business is performing in Northern Ireland’s capital. Thanks to Storm Doris, Professional Jeweller arrived in Belfast after


SPECIAL REPORT: Bath boasts of independent jewellers offering competitive customer experiences

The United Kingdom is bursting with cities, each one more unique than the next, but precious few compare to Bath. Known for its natural hot springs and 18th century Georgian architecture, it has a cultural and historical worth so rich that the entire city became a World Heritage Site in 1987. First founded by the

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SPECIAL REPORT: How Nottingham jewellers thrive in an unforgiving retail environment

Lying at the very centre of Britain, Nottingham has historically been a hub for crafts and craft industries. Walking up towards the main high street, it is clear to see that over time this craft heritage has translated into a modern, seemingly thriving retail environment boasting what is claimed by many to be the busiest


How more than 20 jewellers survive side-by-side in Chester

With its famous ‘rows’ and Jacobean half-timbered style architecture lining the main high street, the romantic city of Chester is considered by many as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Initially founded as a Roman fort, Chester is now a thriving retail hub for the North West and it’s clear to see why so many


Lincoln jewellers confident about the future as redevelopment plans boost business in the city

Lincoln is a historic city  in the East Midlands, with lots to offer tourists visiting anytime of the year. Major landmarks include the Lincoln Cathedral, a renowned example of English Gothic architecture, and Lincoln Castle. The city is also home to two universities, attracting students from all around the country to ascend on Lincoln and


How Sheffield independents are giving big name jewellers a run for their money

Sheffield, known to locals as ‘Steel City’, may sit in the shadows of the sublime Peak District but has made itself a destination worth visiting. With its friendly population, green areas and steep hills, offering views few other cities can boast, Sheffield is nothing short of a Northern wonder. Firmly rooted in its industrial history,


Brighton independents relish competition as tourists travel to the city for its diverse jewellery offering

Walking around Brighton it doesn’t take long to figure out this is a place with a unique personality and a vibrant nature. The shops alone speak wonders about the city by the sea as independent jewellers find themselves in the company of stores offering vintage clothes, vegetarian shoes, photo-gimmicks and organic food. Brighton centre has


York jewellers can’t stop making money as tourist crowds come in search of gems

With the picturesque River Ouse running through it and the chiming bells of its imposing cathedral ringing out, York is a magnet for domestic and international visitors alike – and jewellery retailers in the city are most definitely feeling the benefit. The famous City Walls form a walkway on both sides of the river, leading


St Albans jewellers jostle for the commuter belt pound as the multiples stay away

The first thing to point out about St Albans is that there are absolutely no multiple jewellery retailers in sight. While Ernest Jones and H. Samuel used to reside in the city centre, now only independent jewellers and brand concept stores remain.  This side of the jewellery scene reflects the overall feel of St Albans.