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HOT 100 RETAIL STARS: Michael & Allison Aldridge, Owners, Neil & Barker

HOT 100 RETAIL STARS: Michael & Allison Aldridge, Owners, Neil & Barker

For the past 12 months, Michael and Allison Aldridge have been intently focused on strengthening the foundations of their highly successful jewellery business, Neil & Barker. “In particular we have been working towards a more efficient business, by putting the correct staff in place with the relevant experience to ensure the growth of our company.


HOT 100 BRAND CHAMPIONS: Jennie Higgins, UK Brand Development Manager, Bronzallure (Gablestone Partners)

Bronzallure is a relatively young brand in the industry, which is one of the reasons Jennie Higgins is so excited to have joined the company. Since taking up the newly-created brand development manager post at the company, Jennie has been busy working alongside her colleagues to enhance service levels for existing retail partners through training,

HOT 100 BUSINESS BIGSHOTS: Rob Passmore, CEO & Co-founder, Jewelstreet

With consumers becoming more comfortable purchasing high-end items online, Jewelstreet has done itself no harm by positioning its e-commerce site as the future of fine jewellery. The international re-launch of the business has propelled the company onto the global stage and provided more than 300 handpicked jewellery designers and brands with a window to the

HOT 100 RETAIL STARS: John Greed, Founder, John Greed Jewellery

To become one of the fastest growing jewellery businesses in the market you need a strong and clear strategy, and this is undoubtedly the case with John Greed Jewellery in Lincoln. Already specialising in big name brands such as Pandora, founder John Greed has ploughed much investment into his store’s fashion jewellery range in the

HOT 100 TRENDSETTERS: Elizabeth Galton, Creative Director, Mappin & Webb

Whatever happens between now and December, Elizabeth Galton will always look upon 2016 as one of the most memorable of her jewellery career. Being appointed a Freeman of the City of London and a RCA Innovation Business Fellow rank as major highlights for the Dorset-born designer, while the launch of Mappin & Webb’s flagship boutique

HOT 100 BUSINESS BIG SHOTS: Craig Bolton, Executive Director, Mappin & Webb, Goldsmiths, boutique.Goldsmiths, Aurum Holdings

Spending four to five nights away from his family each week, working between London in the south and Leicester in the Midlands, proud Geordie Craig Bolton places great value on weekends spent with his wife and children in their hometown. “I couldn’t do this unless I loved my job, and lucky for me it comes

HOT 100 BRAND CHAMPIONS: Martin Byrne, Head of FF Group, UK & Ireland, FF Group

We’ve been fortunate to celebrate many successes over the past year, across the two-owned brands of the FF Group, Links of London and Folli Follie, which I oversee in the UK and Ireland,” reflects Martin Byrne. And he’s certainly not wrong given that Links of London is celebrating its 25th anniversary – a time to

HOT 100 BRAND CHAMPIONS: Gavin Merrison & Philip Goodman, Directors, Connoisseurs

Philip Goodman has certainly carried on the proud jewellery tradition of both his father and grandfather since setting up a new arm to the family’s retail and wholesale jewellery business with the re-launch of Connoisseurs in the UK and Europe. And, after being joined in the business by brother-in-law Gavin Merrison, the keen golfers have

HOT 100 BUSINESS BIG SHOTS: ​Diane Smith, Category Manager Jewellery & Beauty,

As the name suggests, is not your average retailer – it’s a business wholeheartedly focused on growing small businesses and providing truly trailblazing products that consumers simply can’t find elsewhere. That model has proved absolutely ripe for the jewellery market, where the entrepreneurial company has relished the challenge of creating and maintaining a diverse