The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) has presented honorary membership to the Retail Jewellers of Ireland (RJI), in recognition of the close relationship between the British and Irish jewellery industries.
Attending the Retail Jewellers of Ireland 50th AGM and anniversary gala dinner on Saturday 2 April, NAJ chief executive Michael Rawlinson said: “I am delighted to be able to present honorary membership to the RJI and say well done for serving your members so faithfully and professionally these past 50 years. I hope that the next 50 years will see a successful continuation of the association. I look forward to working closely with the incoming president, Richard Wehrly, and secretary Damian Duggan, on matters of joint interest. I would also like to congratulate president Alison Browne for her achievements during the past two years.”
Alison Browne, retiring president of the RJI, said: “The RJI value the great relationship they have with the NAJ and would be delighted to reciprocate this presentation by awarding honorary membership in return to the NAJ. The NAJ (formerly N.A.G.) has been able to offer us a very high standard of professionalism to our industry in Ireland through its educational courses and related matters.
“Michael Rawlinson has been a great source of inspiration to me in my two years as president. He has been a fresh pair of eyes and a safe pair of hands in guiding the jewellery industry through, what can be, very challenging times for retail. I would like to thank him for his support both to myself and the RJI and we look forward to working together for many years to come.”