IBB director’s introduction on brands made him a Business Big Shot.

Nominations are now closed and the Hot 100 photographers are out taking shots for the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers and supported by gold partner Ti Sento at this very minute, but those chosen won’t be unveiled until September. Until then we are looking back to the leading lights of the jewellery industry who made it into the Hot 100 2011. Today we profile IBB sales director Barrie Dobson who was a CMJ Business Big Shot last year.

Barrie Dobson’s career in jewellery began more than 35 years ago, and in that time he has worked on jewellery wholesale, retail and manufacturing and has become a familiar face in the British jewellery trade since joining worldwide industry leaders IBB London in 1993.


Today Barrie can be found in London’s Hatton Garden and is a regular at UK and international exhibitions.

“I love our industry and strive to bring something new to the table,” says Barrie, who has recently been focused on branded jewellery projects with IBB London, working on Missoma and Hoxton London.

In his role as sales director, Barrie says he is working at his dream job, rarely sitting back in the office, but instead going the extra mile to seek out and develop new products to entice the expanding IBB London’s customer base.

“We have just developed an exciting IBB London watch division that I’m looking forward to selling in 2012,” says Barrie.

Though he says he has had a challenging year due to rising metal prices and unfavourable exchange rates, he believes this time has been ideal for devising new ideas and collections, working with retailers and developing more affordable offers to suit the current market.

“My priority during the last year has been travelling extensively worldwide to meet and work with customers, and confirm IBB London’s commitment to the best prices and fast service,” explains Barrie.

Barrie says he is ready to face 2012 and already has several plans in the pipeline. He adds that he is looking forward to seeing the brands he is working with move forward and expand, particularly the new watch division.

Barrie has served as vice-chairman and chairman of the British Jewellers’ Association, been a Guardian for Sheffield Assay Office and is an active member of the International Jewellery London advisory board. When he finds time to pull himself away from work, he says he loves nothing more than being with his family and is involved with the local church, village life and watching a variety of sports.

This interview was taken from the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2011. Nominations for 2012’s edition are now closed and this year’s list and photographs will be unveiled at an exclusive invite-only party at The Freemason’s Hall in London on September 4. To find out how you can get invitations as a sponsor email andrew.martyniuk@itp.com.



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