Last night (Nov 17) Shaun Leane turned on the first ever Hatton Garden Christmas lights during a glittering evening of entertainment, late night shopping and a VIP event. A large stage graced the Holborn end of Hatton Garden and was filled from 5pm with singers and dancers entertaining the crowds. Jewellery designer Shaun Leane took to the stage at 6pm to turn on the lights and everyone cheered as the London jewellery quarter shined with festive lights for the very first time. Afterwards a VIP showcase was held at Grey in Hatton Garden, with jewellery on display by JMAsscher, demonstrations from Holts academy and an inspiring talk by Hatton Garden Bid chairman Gary Williams.

Holts Academy of Jewellery has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact award at the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

The finalists were chosen from the hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated across 18 award categories. Holts will now prepare to take part in live presentations to an expert judging panel who will decide the overall winners.

Described as “the Oscars of great British business” by David Cameron, this year’s prestigious award ceremony will take place on Tuesday November 15, at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, where the winners will be revealed.


For the first time, Conor McGinn MP recently hosted a reception for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards at the House of Commons. This enabled finalists to meet fellow entrants, the National Business Awards advisory board members, judges (who they will present to in September) and sponsors of each category.

Tom Broughton, group brand director of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards comments: “Due to the high number of entries for this years’ awards, narrowing the entries down to 140 finalists was a difficult task. But through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, the selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality and diversity across a range of business sectors within the UK. We are now looking forward to the next step of the process and meeting some of the finalists face-to-face.”

Holts Academy runs courses in craftsmanship, manufacturing, technical design, retail and business skills from their schools in London and Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarters.

The business exist to provide skills otherwise being lost in UK manufacturing and to grow the jewellery sector by developing the retail workforce, and providing apprenticeships and career paths for the next-generation of industry specialists.

Gabriel Gherscovic, chief executive officer of Holts Academy of Jewellery, says: “We back the Government’s goal of achieving three million Apprenticeships by 2020 and do this by giving accredited training in jewellery craftsmanship, technical design, retail, business skills. We are proud of our work growing talent within the jewellery sector, regenerating this traditional industry and reducing unemployment. We have a really talented team of people including tutors and master craftsmen that are committed to giving the best skills to our learners and the businesses that we partner with.”