The Company of Master Jewellers has approved three new retailers as part of its on-going strategy to increase its membership.
Nettleton’s in Clitheroe, Walter Pickering in Scarbrough and Mobeus in Hartlepool take the CMJ’s total number of retail members up to 163, with more than 400 doors across the UK and Ireland.
Walter Pickering Ltd (pictured) was established as a chain of pharmacies in the north-east of England in 1936, moving into jewellery retail in the 1970s. The business now has three stores: the Scarborough Time Centre and Pandora and Nomination concept stores.
Meanwhile, founded in 2005, independent retailer Mobeus has also recently bought fellow Hartlepool jewellery store H Lamb Jewellers, and sells brands including Citizen, Bering and Rebecca.
Nettleton’s Jewellers, a family-run store based in Clitheroe in Lancashire, also owns the Rue 5 jewellery store in the town and stocks a broad range of fine jewellery as well as watch brands including Hugo Boss, Raymond Weil and Accurist.
Speaking of the company’s decision to join the CMJ, business partner Matthew Nettleton said: “We feel that joining the Company of Master Jewellers will be of immense help to us for several reasons. The main benefits we see are the networking opportunities that the organisation will offer us, as well as new brand information we will receive as it comes to market. We have met several members of the CMJ over the years and everyone has only positive comments to make about being part of the group; for us this can only mean moving forward with a strong support network across the jewellery industry.”
Following the announcement, CMJ chief executive Willie Hamilton said: “The CMJ offers retailers access to an established support network of like-minded businesses across the UK and Ireland, which members can benefit from without losing any of their independence. We are delighted to welcome these three successful retailers to the group.”