The National Association of Goldsmiths is overhauling the line-up of workshops for its Institute of Registered Valuers (IRV) Loughborough Conference this year, focusing on the “greatest selection of workshops since the event’s inception 27 years ago”.
This year’s event will see a record 27 workshops take place, plus a notable line-up of main presentation speakers and lecturers, including Elizabeth Goring, Joanna Whalley, Joanna Hardy, Harry Levy, Richard Drucker and renowned jeweller, John Donald, providing training and advice on every aspect of jewellery, valuing, silver, watches and gemstones.
The annual jewellery trade conference will be held on Saturday September 12 to Monday September 14 at Loughborough University Campus, with early bird packages available to all delegates until July 17 2015.
The Conference is available to all professional jewellers and valuers, whether members of the NAG or IRV or non-members. Delegates are able to pick up to five 90-minute sessions out of the 27 workshops on offer over the course of the event. Early bird packages, which have remained at the 2014 rates, start at £445 (per delegate, plus VAT) for the three days, with one-day tickets available directly through NAG.
Michael Rawlinson, chief executive of the NAG. said: “The Loughborough Conference continues to grow in recognition because of its industry-leading content and networking. We have an outstanding programme of main speakers and workshops that promise to provide in-depth knowledge and advice to all professionals in the trade that will benefit their businesses and customers.
“This event is by no means a laid-back affair, it’s crammed full of workshops and Q&A sessions for delegates to extract as much value as possible, promoting best practice across the trade, but is also a great way to meet new and established industry friends.
“The Loughborough Conference is a must for the professional jeweller and valuer and we welcome everyone to our largest event in its history.”
A reception dinner and awards evening on Saturday night will see Margaret Wilkins present the conference’s 21st David Wilkins Trophy title, followed by a certificate presentation to FIRVs and CAT graduates. A new addition to the conference, the Gemstone Market will open after hours on Sunday.
Event Platinum sponsor Gem-A, and Silver sponsors AnchorCert, System Eickhorst, The Guild of Valuers and Jewellers and T.H.March, will all have stands at the Conference.