On Wednesday 23 September, Jewellery & Watch held its third advisory board meeting to discuss the prevalent trends, insights and issues currently facing the jewellery industry, as well as a vision into 2016 and plans for the anticipated February show.
Led by the show’s portfolio director Julie Driscoll, the inspirational session was attended by industry influencers including Judith Lockwood of Arctic Circle Diamonds, Lindsey Straughton and Kate Madeline of the NAJ, and Adelle Thompson and Lorna Burhouse of Beaverbrooks.
Dominant topics of discussion included the importance of education and supporting the future of the jewellery industry, both in terms of nurturing the new generation of talent with training and experience opportunities, as well as ethical and sustainable values across the industry.
As a focal point for the meeting, the organisers of Jewellery & Watch also unveiled the exciting direction the show is headed in for 2016, including an all-encompassing rebrand, an engaging and informative new website, and a series of new on-site features designed to further enhance the show experience for buyers and retailers.
The plans received wholly positive feedback from the panel, highlighting Jewellery & Watch’s strong exhibitor offering and brand adjacencies, as well as its desirable location and positioning at the start of the year, an ideal time on the buying calendar for sourcing core collections for the year ahead.
Judith Lockwood, managing director at Arctic Circle Diamonds, comments: “The jewellery industry is in as good a place as it has been for a number of years – gaining quiet confidence and concentrating on building core product. There has been a significant focus again on retail staff knowledge and an openness to add new products and brands, which has been less obvious in recent seasons. We are in a good place.”
Talking about the show’s rebrand, Lockwood adds: “The thinking behind the re-branding of the show is clear, clean and un-cluttered; it simply says exactly what it is – ‘Jewellery and Watch’.”
Julie Driscoll, Portfolio Director for Jewellery & Watch at i2i Events Group, comments: “The jewellery and watch industry is one of the most dynamic sectors in the UK retail trade, and we are extremely proud to organise the Jewellery & Watch show. The leaders and influencers of our industry are incredibly generous with their time and are passionately committed to driving the whole UK jewellery and watch industry forward. I am confident that many of the ideas discussed will be live on the show floor for February 2016.”
Jewellery & Watch will take place from 7-11 February, 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with Spring Fair.