Jewellery & Watch has just opened the doors to the 2020 edition of its annual trade show.
Today marks the start of the five-day event, which will be attracting buyers and jewellery retailers all over the country.
As part of the complete re-edit of Spring Fair, which has seen all product categories and show sectors moved to new locations, for 2020 Jewellery & Watch no longer has its own dedicated space but instead takes its new place at the front of Hall 1, just off the main Piazza of the NEC.
This accessible location allows for the integration of Jewellery & Watch with Fashion sector exhibitors, as well as easy access to Greetings & Stationary in Hall 2, Gifts in Halls 3 and 4, and Retail Solutions in Hall 5.
This new show layout, designed to mimic the bustle of a large department store, is expected to make it easier for visitors to source complementary products and in turn, generates more new leads for exhibitors.
Jewellery & Watch event director, Kirsty Broere, says: “This new location allows for a seamless transition between Jewellery & Watch and related fashion and giftware categories, allowing visitors to make the absolute most of our co-location with Spring Fair. We know that retailers today want a well-rounded buying experience, especially as so many are diversifying into bridal, personalised giftware, leather goods and stationery. This new re-edit of Spring Fair and Jewellery & Watch is helping us achieve just that.”
Elsewhere, this year’s Jewellery & Watch and Spring Fair is prioritising new strategies, including VIP international buyer programmes, a bolstered seminar content and a focus on sustainability, ethics and responsible sourcing in response to macro-trends.
Jewellery & Watch 2020 presents four main product sectors: Jewellery Services & Solutions; Fashion, Silver and Semi-Precious; Designer Brands; and Fine Jewellery. Businesses and brands already preparing to exhibit are Clarity & Success, H S Walsh & Sons, the National Association of Jewellers, Kurate International, CME Leicester, Sea Gems, Tianguis Jackson, Rodney Holman, Midhaven, Wedds & Co, Hanron Jewellery, BKT Rings, HW Tankel, BQ Watches and Treasure House, among others.
Jewellery & Watch visitors also benefits from Spring Fair’s most ambitious line-up of speakers ever, including keynote addresses from the ‘Queen of Shops’, Mary Portas, and TV personality and entrepreneur, Mary Berry.
Spring Fair and Jewellery & Watch welcomed more than 50,000 combined visitors in 2019, with buyers from more than 75 countries visiting Jewellery & Watch specifically. Of the visitors to Jewellery & Watch in 2019, 60% were representatives of multiple and independent retail businesses.
Jewellery & Watch 2020 takes place from February 2-6, 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham.