Iain and Sue Munro, the husband and wife founders of Forum Jewellers in Broadstone Dorset, have announced their retirement from the business this month.
Iain Munro started his career in jewellery as a trainee manager with H Samuel 50 years ago. After 16 years as a branch manager, the last being in Portsmouth, Iain and Sue decided the time had come to pursue their ambition of owning their own business.
In 1982, the duo moved to Blandford Forum, purchasing a retirement sale business known as A. Adams. They expanded the business into an adjoining property, joined the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) and in 1998 started up in Broadstone near Poole, where they saw a gap in the market.
Deciding to concentrate on the one shop, they sold Blandford in 2001 and with the help of their daughter Helen increased the business into what it is today.
Helen will continue to run the business with the very loyal and hardworking staff whilst Iain and Sue will indulge in their motorhome travels.
They and their staff will celebrate their retirement in November at the Dorset Business awards where they are finalists in the Retail Experience Awards.
“A wonderful achievement to end such a fascinating and rewarding career”, comments Iain Munro.
Willie Hamilton, chief executive of the CMJ says: “Iain and Sue Munro are the epitome of Independent Jewellers in the UK, hard working, forward thinking, visionaries that have achieved the ultimate goal in a family business of ensuring that the succession planning of a successful business is now in the safe hands of the next generation of the family. I wish both Iain and Sue a long and happy retirement.”