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House of Fraser will be transformed into the ‘Harrods of the high street’ says new owner

House of Fraser will be transformed into the ‘Harrods of the high street’ says new owner

Sports Direct’s controversial owner Mike Ashley promised to turn House of Fraser into the “Harrods of the high street”, after his group announced the acquisition of the ailing department store chain for £90m on Friday. Sports Direct International plc made a statement to the London Stock Exchange last week that it has bought all of

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OPINION: The most creative storytellers own the online jewellery retail world

Guest column by Gary Ingram, chief executive officer, TheDiamondStore.co.uk Storytelling is an ancient art. Great stories captivate our attention, make us feel strong emotions and can motivate us to take action. We only need to look at the current political landscape to see how powerful stories are, and how, when told right, they can shape opinions,

OPINION: Is the genderless fashion movement starting to impact jewellery?

Words by Julien Riad Sahyoun, founder, JRS Jewellery This is a very important moment within the jewellery industry as we have begun to notice a sea of change in purchasing habits, not only by men, but increasingly from the millennial generation. It reflects a transformation of purchasing viewpoints, with many younger people recognising the importance of the planet

GUEST COLUMN: Why the industry should not be afraid of innovation

Industry column by Amber Saunder, sales and marketing manager, Insignety Innovation and technology surround us in our daily lives; we often rely on it without question and readily embrace it. Can the same be said for the jewellery industry? With brands such as Topshop, Nike and Lego recognising the need to incorporate innovation to attract

Editor’s View: “There is no reason this can’t be a thriving trade for years to come”

I’m feeling excited about the future of the luxury jewellery industry. Yes, I am aware of the struggles on the British high street, and I know times are feeling particularly hard right now, but in the midst of challenging retail conditions I am seeing innovation shine through — and a lot of it is being

OPINION: Seven habits of a successful online jewellery retailer

Guest column by The Diamond Store chief executive officer, Gary Ingram The job of online jewellery retailers has never been so tough. The cost of acquiring customers and in particular Google clicks have soared. Brexit looms. Modern customer expectations and the social media landscape are forcing us to do more with less. To combat the

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Men buy, women shop’ – how does this old adage translate online?

Words by Gary Ingram, chief executive officer, The Diamond Store In e-commerce, giving your customers an efficient online shopping experience is believed to be a key element of success. However, while a fast checkout funnel is vital for not losing sales, streamlining every aspect of your customer’s journey may not always get the best results. Why?

GUEST COLUMN: How a new diamond trading platform aims to boost business for independent jewellers

Words by Howard Levine, founder, Diamnet I have been supplying jewellery retailers across the UK for over 27 Years. I learnt my craft from the best in the business, specialising in pearls under the mentorship of Michael Hakimian and becoming a diamond expert under Brian Chalfen. Providing the right product and the best service to

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