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Houlden Group banishes lockdown blues as it confirms summer and autumn event dates

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Houlden Group has revealed the dates for two key upcoming meetings for members and suppliers this year as lockdowns lift and physical events become possible once more.

The UK and Ireland consortium of independent jewellers will first hold a Summer Networking Event in the summer.

This will be followed by a Members and Suppliers Meeting later in the autumn.

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The former will take place Tuesday, 22 June, while the latter will be held 2-3 September.

The Summer Networking Event in the Midlands comes immediately after the Government lift restrictions on the June 21.

Houlden Group said this will be more of an ‘informal get-together’ due to the fact that people in some quarters will still be unable or unwilling to travel at this time.

It also warned that the later September event is subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.

Helen Haddow, chief executive of Houlden, commented:  “This year there have been a number of factors that we have had to consider when choosing dates for the autumn meeting.

“These include waiting until everyone has had the chance to be fully vaccinated and our Irish members being able to travel – as well as, of course, other events taking place in the industry calendar.

“Our venue is in easy reach of the City of London and convenient for our community of Jewellers of Excellence to access. It’s been an unprecedented year and we will of course be flexible if any delays occur on timings.

“Everything at the heart of our decisions is what is best for our members and we hope that the move to the autumn will be welcomed by all attendees and will confirm both venues shortly.

“Obviously both events will be planned in line with Government regulations and travel restrictions allowed at the time – and we will have alternative arrangements in place to accommodate any changes.

“That said, whilst we are really looking forward to seeing our members again in person at both events, we do hope too that non-members will apply to join us in September. ”

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