Leading the blossoming CMJ made Willie a Business Big Shot.

As we start the build up to the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers and supported by gold partner Ti Sento, we indulge in a bit of looking backwards to the leading lights of the jewellery industry that made it into the Hot 100 2011. Today is the turn of CMJ chief executive Willie Hamilton whose stellar growth plans for buying organisation The Company of Master Jewellers made him a Business Big Shot.

Willie Hamilton doesn’t need to be pictured for the Hot 100 taking on a stone griffin bedecked in a kilt to communicate that he is a force to be reckoned with in the UK jewellery industry, but it certainly hammers home the point very effectively.


As chief executive of the Company of Master Jewellers, Willie is a familiar face at all of the key industry events and as leader of the UK’s biggest buying group he has certainly made his presence known, leading the company to record results and helping to bolster the fortune of its members.

“We are a group that has proven to be trustworthy, supportive and adaptable to change for the benefit of the whole jewellery industry,” he says. “It has been very satisfying and humbling to learn of the support we receive. I always believe that you have to measure your success in any business on not what you say about yourself, but what others say about you when you are not in the room, and I understand that very good things are being said behind closed doors.”

This year Willie has taken the CMJ to even higher heights and has taken some serious steps towards broadening the business’s horizons by allowing non-members to attend its events and facilitating the launch of CMJ Media, a media agency for the whole UK watch and jewellery industry.

“Our increasing membership of quality retailers and suppliers has been a key development strategy for me this year,” he says. “Watching the development of the relationships between everyone involved in the group has been very interesting, especially as we endeavour to keep moving with the mix of brands, fashions and economic pressures, both in the UK and worldwide, that shape our industry.”

Because of the social nature of Willie’s job, not to mention his hectic schedule and the fact he is a workaholic, he relies on his wife Josephine to keep him in check and make sure he doesn’t neglect his home life or his health. And when he does get away from it all, he loves nothing more than watching his beloved Rangers Football Club.


This interview was taken from the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2011. If you or someone you know has had a great business year and are hot enough to be part of the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 then click here for more information about the nomination process.




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