NAG and BJA agree to closer industry cooperation

Trade organisations join forces to improve jewellery industry support.

The National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG) and British Jewellers’ Association (BJA) today announced plans to explore ways of cooperating more closely in order to benefit the UK jewellery industry.

Representatives from the two trade organisations gathered today at the Boulevard Bar at IJL to make a statement about their intentions. They explained that each association is similar in the functions they perform to benefit their members, and together they plan to focus on ways to further benefit the industry.

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The organisations revealed plans to create a working group that will explore ways to develop their working relations going forward.

Those present at the announcement included the chairmen and chief executives of the NAG and BJA including Gary Williams, Pravin Pattni, Simon Rainer, Michael Rawlinson, as well as the Birmingham Assay Office’s chief executive and assay master Michael Allchin.

NAG chairman Gary Williams said: "We have seen the success of partnering together in many industry projects such as CIBJO, RJC and Safer Gems, and we recognise the huge benefits that future collaborations will bring.

Pravin Pattni spoke in his role as NAG chairman, adding that the two organisations represent a "united voice" for their members and industry. "This is a very positive and constructive way forward," he added.

The agreement follows Sunday’s announcement where delegates from The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) signed a memorandum of understanding at IJL, marking their commitment to work together to further enhance and improve working practices across all sectors of the jewellery supply chain.



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