Retailer just one of several speakers at The CMJ-led event in October.

The Company of Master Jewellers will host its annual UK Jewellery Business Conference in Birmingham next month, with guest speakers set to include Gerald Ratner and John Timpson, of the Timpson shoe repair empire.

Ratner is set to speak candidly about his work in the jewellery industry past and present, following his infamous description of Ratners’ product as "total crap". He will speak about the impact it had on the Ratners business which, at the time, was one of the world’s leading jewellery retailers.


Bill Turnbull will return as host of the Jewellery Business Conference, joined by other leading businesspersons in retail including John Timpson of Timpson’s, Andrew McMillan from John Lewis, author Damian Hughes and jewellery trends and branding expert Paola de Luca.

The conference is organised by The Company of Master Jewellers and is open to all CMJ retail members and approved suppliers. The two-day event will be themed as Brilliant Together. and is sponsored by TH March insurance, V12 Finance and Gem-A.

The not-for-profit event is organised by the CMJ as a service to its retail members and approved suppliers as one of the many benefits of belonging to the UK’s biggest jewellery buying group. Networking seminars for both retailers and suppliers will be held during the second day of the conference to discuss issues facing the jewellery and watch industry and address ways in which the industry can work more effectively, profitably and collaboratively.

The Company of Master Jewellers’ chief executive Willie Hamilton said: “Where else can suppliers and retailers in our great sector, meet over two days to exchange views, learn from each other and build solid, mutually beneficial relationships? Brilliant Together sums up the relationship between the CMJ, its members and suppliers, and also reflects the burgeoning growth of activity between us all. We are good for each other.”

CMJ members and suppliers can book tickets to attend the conference through The CMJ website at a cost of just £195, which includes hotel accommodation and all meals.

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