CMJ chief exec Willie Hamilton on supporting the best in the market.

By Willie Hamilton

The Company of Master Jewellers has recognised the need to honour and celebrate the lifeblood of our industry and, together with our partner Professional Jeweller, The CMJ was delighted to support the Hot 100 this year for the third time.


The CMJ leads the way on support, innovation and best practice for independent retailers and their supplier partners, working in collaboration to bring the best possible value to all the links that make up the jewellery supply chain.

Firmly established in its third year, the Hot 100 is now a well recognised, highly prized and much sought-after inclusion in anyone’s portfolio.

Professional Jeweller magazine charged onto the jewellery market as the new kid on the block back in 2010 and has since established itself and grown to become the must-read in the market.

While The CMJ has been around a lot longer, it has also changed and grown dramatically over the past few years to be the best in the market, and we seek to support the best in the market. In fact, The CMJ is now recognised by the World Jewellery Confederation, CIBJO, as one of the leading jewellery buying groups worldwide.

The CMJ has looked to develop a number of initiatives to support the UK jewellery industry – from hosting trade events, to building a media and marketing business specifically for the jewellery industry and, our newest venture, hosting The UK Jewellery Business Conference, which will take place in Birmingham from October 2nd. Many of the Hot 100 alumni will be taking part, in what we know will become another significant annual event in the jewellery calendar.

And such events are important to our industry. They encourage and recognise creative and entrepreneurial talent but they also remind us of the great heritage of many of our businesses.

The fundamental value that exists within the jewellery industry is that of trust and mutual respect throughout the supply chain. And while we continue to grow and adapt as an industry to meet the challenge of change on the high street, we should never lose sight of the old-fashioned values and morals that are the very lifeblood of family-run jewellery businesses.

Congratulations to the Hot 100 2012; the people, teams and businesses who have achieved great things and, together, make our industry great.

This column was taken from the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 book. Advance copies of the book were given out to guests at the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 party and will be mailed to all subscribers along with the October issue next month. To see a full list of who made it into the Hot 100 2012 click here.