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NAJ Awards 2017 celebrates industry achievements

NAJ Awards 2017 celebrates industry achievements

The National Association of Jewellers revealed the winners of its third awards ceremony last night (Dec 1), which celebrates the success of its members in 2017. The ceremony took place in conjunction with the Jewellery & Giftware Society Benevolent Ball and welcomed 340 guests. The NAJ Awards are designed to celebrate all that is excellent

Christmas shoppers walk through the streets of Chester, north west England on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Spend on Small Business Saturday hits all time high

Small Business Saturday achieved record spending across the UK this year, research reveals. The event, which took place on Saturday December 2, is estimated to have topped £748 million. This figure is according to an American Express survey conducted in the 48 hours following the annual shopping event. Now in its fifth year, Small Business


FEATURE: Seven myths about online jewellery retail

As smartphone touch payments are beginning to replace credit cards, and shopping from an iPad gets easier and easier, there is no doubt that the industry is experiencing a digital retail revolution. However, while at first glance e-commerce seems to offer a low barrier of investment entry and limitless global opportunities, it also comes with

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De Beers Group announces changes to executive committee

The De Beers Group has announced three changes to its executive committee. Neil Ventura, currently executive vice-president, auction sales, will become executive vice-president, strategy and innovation; Paul Rowley, currently executive vice-president, global sightholder sales, will become executive vice-president, diamond trading; and Alessandra Berridge, currently lead legal counsel for M&A at Anglo American, will become executive

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Q&A: Charles Burns on The Apprentice and his business plan

It’s been one week since the nation watched Lord Sugar fire Charles Burns from The Apprentice, but the jewellery mogul is very confident his business will success without the British business magnate’s investment. Here, Professional Jeweller catches up with Charles Burns to see why he entered the show, what he thought of his performance, and


TOP FIVE: Questions brands should be asking to become an experience business

A recent study by Adobe and Goldsmiths, University of London, found that customer loyalty is changing. Brands used to measure loyalty through recommendation, responsiveness and retention, but digital transformation – both within businesses and the lives of consumers – has changed the way customers choose and engage with brands. Brands must now focus on delivering

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Failed Apprentice star’s jewellery business plan revealed

Jewellery industry contestant, Charles Burns, planned to pitch a finance firm for jewellers to Lord Sugar on The Apprentice. According to the Radio Times, Charles Burn of Burns Jewellers was going to pitch an idea based on his experience in the luxury jewellery and watch market. Burns told Radio Times: “I’d seen in my family

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Jewellery mogul fails to win £250K investment from Lord Sugar

Manchester-based businessman and jewellery mogul Charles Burns failed to win Lord Sugar’s £250k investment on entertainment programme The Apprentice. Last night (Nov 22) 24-year-old Charles Burns, who is the third generation owner of a family jewellery retail business Burns Jewellers, was sent home by Lord Sugar after a shock triple eviction. Lord Sugar showed the contestants

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  British Finance Minister Philip Hammond introduces the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, from Mexico, to speak during an OECD press conference at the Treasury on October 17, 2017 in London, England. The OECD presented the latest Economic Survey of the UK in the press conference Tuesday. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

BUDGET 2017: Small businesses breathe slight sigh of relief

Businesses across the UK, including independent retailers, have largely welcomed the news that plans to cut business rate rises have been brought forward by two years. The changes will mean that from April business rate increases will be decided by the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation measure rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI).