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Houlden reflects on successful 2018 with celebration at London event

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The Houlden membership has reflected on a positive year with celebrations at their London Event at the Waldorf Hilton.

At the event, the first of their biannual gatherings, Houlden members reported a rise in sales performance for 2018.

Members detailed that the sales performance came despite Brexit uncertainty, headlines reporting a decrease in footfall, and the closure of some prominent high street names.

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The organisation went on to outline a number of key moments that solidified 2018 as a successful year for the group.

One of which was how Stuart Laing, now retired Houlden Founder, was awarded an OBE for services to the jewellery industry, and his Laings brand transforming their Glasgow flagship store.

Elsewhere, Mayfair jeweller Pragnell also received a Queen’s Award for International Trade and the Stratford-Upon-Avon based jeweller notched up sales of £36.75 million, a rise of over £5 million over the previous financial year.

2018 also saw Houlden Member Hugh Rice scoop an ‘Inspiring Independents’ Award and open their first Rolex dedicated boutique, as well as two new ‘Luxe by Hugh Rice’ stores in both Hull and Wakefield.

Houlden chief executive, Helen Haddow, commented on the event: “Retail is challenging, and at the moment we are surrounded by so much uncertainty, so it’s fantastic to report a host of significant accomplishments within the Houlden group.”

She added: “We are dedicated to learn from these successes and with our plans for digital expansion and continued growth in Membership, we are on track for making 2019 the most successful year for Houlden yet.”

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