One week left to nominate for PJ Hot 100 2014

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Your chance to be part of Professional Jeweller’s annual celebration.

The Professional Jeweller Hot 100 marks its fifth anniversary in 2014, with the biggest event to date in the pipeline. Nominations for this year’s Hot 100 close in seven days, making now the time to recognise those designers, retailers, business persons and innovators driving the UK jewellery industry foreword.

It is that time of year again. The nominations for the 2014 Professional Jeweller Hot 100 are now open, giving you the chance to toast your industry heroes, new talent tipped for the top, the high street retailers carving their own path and those trendsetting designers flying the flag for great British jewellery design.

The 2014 edition of the Hot 100 marks the fifth anniversary for what is the UK’s foremost jewellery celebration. Hosted with support from Diamond Partner International Jewellery London (IJL), the annual Hot 100 is a list detailing the achievements of those industry movers and shakers, nominated by you and carefully selected by the Professional Jeweller editorial team.

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The most intriguing part? Just who has made the Hot 100 2014 will be kept entirely secret until they are revealed at a sparkling invite-only party to be held in London on September 1, coinciding with the IJL trade show.

To commemorate it being the fifth year of the Hot 100, this year’s party is set to be bigger and brighter than ever, with a sparkling new theme to be revealed later in the year and plenty of entertainment for guests. Rather than being a sit-down awards ceremony with winners and runners up or ranking those in the Hot 100 in any order, every person selected stands on an equal footing – and each is interviewed and photographed for the annual Hot 100 souvenir book, unveiled on the night on of the party.

As in previous years, the nominations are not vote based, so you only need to submit your nomination once. All nominations are considered by the Professional Jeweller editorial team, which itself retains the right to the final decision.

The Hot 100 is split into five industry-led categories: Retail Stars, Business Big Shots, Trendsetters, Trailblazers and NexGems, the last being a category for emerging design talent. Each of the 100 people selected for the Hot 100 2014 will be interviewed and will have a dedicated portrait photograph taken to showcase their personality, both of which will be included in this year’s Hot 100 souvenir book.

After five years, there are plenty of big acts to follow. Last year’s Hot 100 line-up was one of the most exciting to date, with Retail Stars including Andrew Higgs and Phil Higgs of TH Baker, Matthew Ryan of Matthew Stephens, Natalie Blagg of Fraser Hart and Tracey and Harry Brown of Chisholm Hunter.

The Trendsetters commended in 2013 included Katie Rowland, Bill Skinner, Pippa Small and Bobby White, while the Business Big Shots category boasted leading industry players, from company chief executives to trade body leaders, with Swarovski UK managing director Hayley Quinn, the NAG’s Michael Rawlinson and Hockley Mint’s Gary Wroe among those praised for their contribution to the UK jewellery industry.

The 2013 list also celebrated the NexGems, the industry’s new kids on the block – among them Jane Gowans, Kasun Ekanayake, Tessa Metcalfe and Rachel Boston. The work of those Traiblazers trying something new in the industry was also recognised, with Scott Walter of Edinburgh Assay Office celebrated alongside Kate Pickering of Vanilla Ink, the BJA’s Lindsey Straughton and Alan Frampton of CRED Jewellery.

The Hot 100 is credited with boosting the profile of UK companies large and small, with feedback from last year’s roll call outlining what the Hot 100 has done for them. NexGem Jane Gowans said: “Following an extremely successful year for my brand, being named as one of Professional Jeweller’s Hot 100 was the perfect recognition. It profiled my business to the industry at the optimum time and placed me alongside inspirational figures from the sector, which has been a huge inspiration and was extremely flattering, giving me further confidence to drive my work forward.”

Nicky Goodman of Brighton retailer Goodman Morris says that being selected for the Hot 100 was recognition of many years’ work. “We were so proud and excited to be part of the Hot 100,” she states. “Business-wise, we’ve received some great local publicity and it has given us more gravitas. Both retail and wholesale clients seem genuinely impressed and interested in our inclusion. It has also given us more confidence in our convictions, allowing us to progress the expansion of our wholesale side and hone our retail operation.”

The Hot 100 toasts a new group of people each year, however individuals and teams that have continued to make waves in the UK industry are often recognised again, with several designers and retailers known to have appeared in the Hot 100 for consecutive years due to their outstanding and inspiring work.

HOW TO NOMINATE
The nomination process is easy to do. You can nominate yourself, a colleague or another industry champion, as well as small teams working together. You are also welcome to nominate those that have previously appeared in the Hot 100 if you believe they have continued to be a leader in their field.

To nominate, simply email info@professionaljeweller.com with the subject line HOT 100 NOMINATION. The email must include the following information:

  • Name(s), job title(s) and company name(s) of those being nominated.
  • A bullet point list of reasons why you are nominating them. Please be brief but provide insight, focusing only on events from the past 12 months such as business growth, store expansion, new product development, effective new strategies or their contribution to the wider industry.
  • Nominations will close at midnight on March 14 2014

To find out more about the Hot 100, visit ProfessionalJeweller.com/Hot100

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