The sixth annual Professional Jeweller Hot 100 will be back and better than ever on September 7 when we throw open the doors to the Freemason’s Hall for a party to remember. This year also sees a very exciting twist in the Hot 100 story with a brand new category…
Drum roll please…yes, it’s that time of the year again when we count down to the annual Professional Jeweller Hot 100 celebrating the one hundred most innovative, inspiring and (occasionally) outlandish individuals in the UK jewellery industry.
Last year’s fifth anniversary event welcomed more than 850 people to the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, with industry faces seeking out members of the Professional Jeweller team at IJL to get their hands on tickets.
Our industry’s interest in the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 is a sign of its increasing popularity, having developed from humble beginnings at Kensington Roof Gardens in 2010 to the most hotly-anticipated date in the jewellery calendar. As always, this year’s Hot 100 line-up will be kept truly secret until the night of September 7 when each of the hundred individuals chosen will be presented in the Grand Temple.
This is the moment when the whole industry will see who’s been chosen this year following a lengthy nominations process, which garnered hundreds of emails, suggestions and comments on social media. It’s worth remembering that at this point even those involved won’t have seen their pictures before, leading to some surprised faces in the audience!
2015 marks the fourth anniversary of International Jewellery London’s valued collaboration with the Hot 100 as Diamond Partner. It will return in sparkly fashion to host the IJL bar, where guests can enjoy cocktails while chatting about the business of the day over at Olympia.
This year also marks the start of a three year partnership with jewellery industry technology experts Bransom. As our esteemed Technology Partner Bransom will be on-hand to make sure the party is in full swing. If the WatchPro Hot 100 2015 is anything to go by, they might also have a trick up their sleeves too…
However, there’s something particularly exciting going on this year as the editorial team at Professional Jeweller has decided to shake things up with a new category. Joining Business Big Shots, Retail Stars, Trendsetters, Trailblazers and NexGems is… Brand Champions.
This category will ensure unsung heroes across sales and brand manager roles are adequately represented for the first time — with the category already full to the brim with worthy nominees from some of the UK’s most influential brands, retailers and manufacturers. We can’t wait for you to see the 12 people chosen in this category and we hope you’ll agree that it is about time many of these individuals were praised for their hard work and dedication to the jewellery industry.
Both Retail Stars and Business Big Shots have been expanded this year to take into account the hundreds of incredible nominees we received in both of these areas.
As always, every single person chosen for the Hot 100 2015 has been photographed by the team at Kalory Photo & Video, who we can attest have done an exceptional job of capturing the personalities our industry has to offer. Expect to see London buses, dogs, beaches, carousels, icecream, champagne, Boris Bikes, boats, cityscapes, woodland and more in this year’s snaps, which are undoubtedly some of the best we’ve ever seen.
Stars of the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2014 included Graff Diamonds founder and chairman Laurence Graff OBE, Ben Roberts of Clogau, Poppy Elder and Sam Stevens of Hockley Mint and Helen David of Harrods in the Business Big Shots category. In the Retail Stars category we praised Lorna and Mick McQuillan of Grace & Co., Tobias Kormind and Vadim Weinig of 77 Diamonds and Alice Rigby of Argos, among others. Plus Weston Beamor’s Glen Day and Ed Hole made it into the Trailblazers category, alongside Graham Dicks, Brian Hill, Alex Monroe and Kate Baxter.
And not forgetting the Trendsetters and NexGems, which included the likes of Laura Gravestock, Imogen Belfield, Siobhan Maher, Natasha Bagnall and Filipa Oliveira.
Nominations for the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2016 will open early in the New Year — so be sure to nominate your colleagues, industry heroes and unsung stars. Will you be in the Hot 100 next year? We look forward to finding out.
This feature first appeared in the August issue of Professional Jeweller magazine. Read it online here.