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

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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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Jewellers in Cambridge balance tradition and trust with keeping contemporary

Known widely as the home of the University of Cambridge, this compact city on the River Camb is home to roughly 650,000 people.  The prestigious school was established in 1209 and is one of the highest ranking universities in the world. Its famous colleges and Cambridge’s quaint surroundings attract tourists from the world over, making

Divyan Pabari of Silk Diamonds says football put Leicester on the map for tourists

Could Leicester jewellery trends be shaped by football team’s Premier League victory?

Given current events, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking ‘jewellery’ when talking about Leicester. The city has been going from strength-to-strength recently, most notably with the discovery of Richard III back in February 2013, and more recently, the monumental Premiership League win of Leicester City FC this year, against the odds of 5000 to

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How 20 jewellers survive together in one of UK’s most competitive jewellery markets

If you’re a jeweller in Canterbury then you are most definitely not afraid of competition. Despite a population of around 151,000 people and a commercial centre you can comfortably walk in one afternoon, there are no fewer than 20 jewellery businesses all vying for their share of the pie in the heart of this historic

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