Jewellery & Watch has announced Pandora as the Buyers Power List 2016 headline sponsor.
The event will return to the trade show this February in association with Pandora alongside other sponsors Bransom and Clarity & Success.
Celebrating the efforts of individuals and buying teams from across the UK and Ireland, the third edition of the acclaimed awards will be held at Birmingham’s soon-to-open destination leisure complex, Resorts World, on Monday February 8 2016.
Shining a light on those key players and influencers within the industry, the respected competition offers added value to the five-day trade event for both brands and buyers alike; it is completely led by the industry, for the industry.
Set to open for entries in October via the Jewellery & Watch website, the competition will be divided into the following six categories:
Best Independent Retailer (five stores or less)
2015 winner: Wongs
Best Multiple Retailer (five stores or more)
2015 winner: Goldsmiths
Best Department Store
2015 winners: Fortnum & Mason
Best Individual Retailer
2015 winner: Ashley Pugh, managing director, W Bruford
Best Watch Retailer
2015 winner: Jonathan Brett, head of purchasing, Watchfinder
Best Hermitage Site, Museum or Gallery
2015 winner: National Gallery
The initial round of open nominations will close on November 2; nominations will then be tallied to create a top 10 across each category, producing a shortlist of individual buyers and buying teams in the running for the awards. Those individuals will then be asked to peer-review within their respective categories, producing the best buyers for the 2016 awards.
Peter A. Andersen, president of Western Europe at Pandora, comments: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Buyers Power List this year. Pandora has always been committed to supporting the jewellery industry and these awards offer a great opportunity to celebrate all of those who have influenced the market.”
Julie Driscoll, portfolio director for Jewellery & Watch at i2i Events Group, adds: “We are extremely excited to be launching our third Buyers Power List; the competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and we are delighted to have the valued support of Pandora for 2016. The all-new location and format for the awards ceremony in February is sure to reflect the prestige of the anticipated finalists and winners.”
New for 2016, the Buyers Power List will be held at Resorts World, offering the industry’s most influential buyers with an exclusive dinner and drinks reception, with entertainment throughout the evening. Other sponsors for the esteemed occasion include Bransom Retail Systems and Clarity & Success.
The event will take place following the second day of Jewellery & Watch, which will span February 7-11 at the NEC, Birmingham, co-located with Spring Fair.
For more information and to cast your entry for the 2016 Buyers Power List in association with Pandora, please visit: www.jewelleryandwatchbirmingham.com.