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Jobs-first Brexit deal required to ‘provide much-needed certainty’ within retail sector

Jobs-first Brexit deal required to ‘provide much-needed certainty’ within retail sector

New research has revealed that retail sales  and staffing growth has been stagnant in recent months. Sales slowed for the third month in a row in the year to February, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey. According to the CBI, growth in average selling prices remains above the long-term average in the


Durham jeweller capitalises on market gap with made-to-order business

A bespoke, made-to-order jeweller has plugged a gap in Durham’s jewellery market with its service. While the Croft Workshops is off the beaten retail track in the northern city and is located just behind the city’s indoor market, it manages to cash in on trade by offering a range of ready-made and custom jewellery. While

FEATURE: Jacob’s the Jeweller on standing the test of time on Reading high street

Every year that passes by on the high street at the moment is an accomplishment in its own right. Jewellers up and down the country will agree that every 12-month cycle presents its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Not only has Jacobs the Jewellers managed to weather all challenges and make it to

TOP FIVE: How can retailers engage with the local community to drive consumer loyalty?

It’s no longer good enough to simply open a new store and hope consumers will wander through the doors. Here, retailers share top tips and ideas on how the industry can embed their business in the local community to engage with consumers and drive loyalty… Support a local charity For many jewellery retailers, the best

EXPERT OPINION: Advice on using digital tools to bolster local business

Facets PR’s digital communications manager, Rose Swingler, shares her thoughts on utilising digital tools to boost local business… When considering digital marketing we often find ourselves focusing on the vast, global potential reach of online platforms but it is the depth of coverage that makes, in particular, social media marketing ideal for local businesses. Even

“Jewellery industry needs digital shake up,” states new retail report

Research into 34 jewellery retailers with more than one store reveals the industry still has a long way to go to take advantage of the digital revolution. Just yesterday it was revealed that while January posted the lowest footfall in five years, online saw a 14% surge in sales year-on-year. While bricks and mortar still

EXCLUSIVE OPINION: Signet CEO responds to Human Rights Watch report

The subject of responsible sourcing in the jewellery industry has been in the spotlight in recent weeks following the publication of a report on the topic by Human Rights Watch.  Here, Signet chief executive officer, Virginia C. Drosos, details how Signet strives to drive integrity in the global jewellery supply chain. Words by Virginia C. Drosos Jewellery,

Sales pour in for online retailers as rain drives consumers off the high street

UK online retail sales were up 13.9% year-on-year (YoY) in January, according to the latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. With rainfall above average in January, and the month posting the lowest high street footfall in five years, the latest online sales report reveals consumers turned to online shopping this January. IMRG

Economic pressures force independent jeweller to wave goodbye to Winchester

Independent retailer Justice is waving goodbye to Winchester as the business can no longer sustain in the current challenging economic climate. After 18 years delivering designer jewellery and bespoke commissions to customers on Parchment Street, the store owners have had to make the difficult decisions to close. April 2016 was a significant turning point for