Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance (HCCF) has become an official supplier to the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) and its retailer network.

With almost 150 retailer members, the CMJ is said to be the largest specialist jewellery and watch buying group in the UK and Ireland.

HCCP is a retail point-of-sale provider and will offer CMJ retailers interest-free credit and interest-bearing credit facilities under exclusive, preferential terms.

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The company will also assign a dedicated account manager to CMJ retailers to facilitate the new relationship.

Emmet Cummins, managing director of the CMJ, said: “Having analysed many reports on consumer shopping behaviour, one trend that has clearly emerged is that it is increasingly important for retailers to offer finance options at check out.

“We believe that this fantastic partnership with Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance will benefit many of our retailers as their businesses evolve and we look forward to fostering a productive relationship with them for many years to come.”

Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance provides full training for a retailer’s in-store team to ensure that credit is an option they are confident to offer customers.

Retailers can complete the service in-store or via a retailer’s website as an additional payment option at checkout.

Brian Flesk, head of retail at Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, said: “We’re delighted to form our new partnership with the CMJ and provide our expertise to its retail members and our range of affordable credit solutions for their customers.”