The CMJ will offer special networking opportunities to millennials and store managers as part of its Regional Meetings tour of the UK and Ireland, organising meetings specifically tailored to these groups for the first time.
Two Millennials Meetings will be held in May for any retail members and suppliers of the CMJ aged 18 to 34 who have already joined or are in the process of joining or taking over their business. The retailer Millennials Meeting on 26 May will start with a tour of Birmingham-based CMJ supplier Hockley Mint, followed by an informal networking session.
The second Millennials Meeting of the Regional Meetings programme on 27 May is the first specifically tailored to the needs of CMJ suppliers and will see like-minded young business people come together over brunch to get to know other Millennials, share knowledge and develop ideas.
Meanwhile, three Managers Meetings will bring together CMJ member store managers and assistant managers from around the country to network, support and share best practices. The first event took place in Newmarket on 5 May, with the next two due to be held in Birmingham and Gatwick on 15 June.
Laura Harris of Bullens in Norwich, who attended the CMJ Managers Meeting on 5 May, said: “I would absolutely recommend the meeting to fellow members. I always find it useful to speak to others at events like these, especially bouncing ideas back and forth in a laid back environment.”
Kim Wilkin of Godshaw Jewellers in Welwyn Garden City also attended, saying: “I was very impressed with the Managers Meeting and I found the number of attendees to be just right – the small group made the meeting more personal. I would definitely recommend the meeting to fellow members and I am going back to my store with lots of information and ideas regarding events and promotions.”
The CMJ’s first Millennials Meeting took place at the CMJ Spring Trade Event in February and was so well received by attendees that the concept has been incorporated into the Regional Meetings tour.
Lucy Reece-Raybould, membership services manager at the CMJ, said of the Millennials Meeting: “At the CMJ we see millennials as an essential part of the future of our industry. They all have concerns, similar challenges with their business structure and the same eagerness and drive to prove they can succeed. We see ourselves as being in the privileged position of being able to support them and introduce them to their peers within the CMJ family to share information and offer each other advice.”
While CMJ members are encouraged to attend and benefit from the meetings, the meetings are optional and all CMJ members remain truly independent and free to run their businesses however they choose.
CMJ Regional Meetings are now in their third year and a total of 12 meetings will take place across the UK and Ireland throughout May and June 2016.