The Houlden Group celebrated its 40th anniversary with a members’ dinner at the East Sussex National Golf & Spa Resort.
Addressing attendees, Wendy Laing thanked members on behalf of her father Stuart Laing, who will be retiring as of July 1 2016.
The dinner was followed by the presentation of awards by CEO Helen Haddow, to recognise the success of the group’s members.
Winning the High Flyer award, which was based on the level of purchases, was Sharman D Neill.
Michael Jones the Jeweller was presented the Creative Gem award, followed by Keanes Jewellers receiving the Jeweller of Excellence accolade.
The Houlden Star award was presented to Lunn’s Jewellers, which recently celebrated an MBE on the Queen’s birthday Honours List for executive chairman Peter Lunn.
Drawing to a close, the awards took a light-hearted turn, with the presentation of the Last Man Standing award to owner of Robert Gatward, Keith Gill. Shortlisted for the Dancing Queen award was Michael Fowler of Saunders Shepherd, with Mike Rice of Hugh Rice Jewellery crowned the winner.
The final award of the evening was the Old Timer prize, presented to Euro Pearls.