Author Archives: Staff Writer

FEATURE: How data is driving the industry forward

Don’t confuse ‘data’ with just another industry buzzword, as it could lead to more informed buying decisions, sales growth and a better relationship with your customers. Professional Jeweller tracks down the industry experts and ‘big data’ champions to find out more. Spending an afternoon analysing facts, figures and numbers on a spreadsheet might not sound

FEATURE: Drakes director talks new Plymouth store

A significant amount of time, effort and investment has gone into independent retailer drakes’ impressive new store in Plymouth. Sarah Louise Jordan talks to director Andrew Hirshman about design decisions, the customer experience and that 83ft glass frontage. It was back in August 2014 that Plymouth-based independent retailer Drakes announced plans to expand its retail

Annoushka Ducas celebrates 25 years of design

Annoushka Ducas will celebrate her 25th anniversary as an award-winning jewellery designer with the launch of a new ‘Milestones’ exhibition in June. The event highlights the inspirational journey and seminal moments Ducas has experienced during her time as a designer. Milestones will be staged at her Cadogan Gardens studio boutique and will feature 25 thematic

Houlden Group unveils Summer Getaway 2015 details

Jewellery and watch trading body Houlden Group has confirmed the dates of its annual Summer Getaway event in June. The company will welcome exhibitors and guests to the East Sussex National Gold and Spa resort from June 23 to 25, with the first day dedicated to a member’s meeting and golf tournament. The second and

SDEA elects new president and vice president

The Shop and Display Equipment Association elected a new president and vice president at its Annual General Meeting on May 13. Managing director of global displays Alan Pegram was elected as president, while Bob Garton of Glencourt Associates Ltd was chosen as vice president. Two new members were also elected to the executive council: Andy

ChloBo announce children’s hospice collaboration

Fashion jewellery brand ChloBo announces its first ever charity collaboration with the Claire House Children’s Hospice. Limited edition bracelets will be available to buy online from June with all proceeds going to the charity. The bracelets have been made using semi-precious stones such as grey labradorite, pink coral and yellow jade. Each stone was specifically

Pursuit announce JHJ Consultancy collaboration

Pursuit used its annual User Day event to announce a new partnership with JHJ Consultancy led by Jo Henderson.  The new partnership will enable Pursuit’s clients to access high level training in sales technique designed to feed off so-called ‘big data’ – sets of raw information contained in every computer’s database. Pursuit managing director Mike

April online sales boom 15% in six month high

Online sales boomed by 15.4% across non-food categories in April 2015 compared to April 2014, making it the best month for sales growth since October 2014. The latest results from the BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor are also ahead of the three month and 12 month averages of 12% and 12.5% respectively, showing just how fast