The National Association of Jewellers has revealed the first selection of speakers set to cover a wide breadth of themes at its upcoming Summit.
Taking place from Saturday June 20 – 22 at Northampton’s Staverton Park Estate, the inaugural NAJ Summit incorporates the annual Retail Jewellers’ Congress (hosted by the JET Business Network) and the long standing Valuers’ Conference (hosted by the Insititute of Registered Valuers), alongside SecurityWise, Better Business and Created in the UK seminars. During the three-day event, a valuers’ dinner takes place on the Saturday evening and a gala dinner for all attendees on the Sunday night.
From industry trends to wellbeing at work and data security, the summit will feature a broad range of presentations, workshops, case studies and networking opportunities, with the major benefit being the ability to move freely from one event to the other, enabling attendees to set their own programme.
NAJ chair, Harriet Kelsall, explains: “The Summit will reflect the range of communities that make up this wonderful industry to both learn from one another and network together. The NAJ membership is made up of retailers, valuers, designers, manufacturers and suppliers, all of which play a crucial role in making our industry fit for the future, and we’ve found time and time again when we get together, good things happen.”
The Valuers’ Conference will take place over all three days with an international speaker line up including jewellery historian and lecturer, Hayden Peters, award-winning mineralogist and gemologist, Cidgem Lule, and director of Gemguide, Richard Drucker. Topics and workshops will cover cultured pearl grading and pricing coloured gemstones.
From UK shores and sharing his insight on jewellery and auction houses will be Richard Winterton, director of Richard Winterton Auctioneers, while Dr Maria MacLennan, lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and academic research lead for the Police Scotland will also be joining the event to introduce the trade to the experimental field of forensic jewellery.
Starting on the Sunday of the Summer will be a series of Better Business seminars. The idea behind Better Business is to support trade professionals, their business and their employees become aware of new ideas and actions to do ‘better business’. Four themes will span two days, covering people and planning, sales and marketing, product and procurement and money and operations.
Opening speaker, industry consultant, Marion Wilson, will dive into consumer, retailer and trade insights to give attendees a welcome view of the current jewellery market.
On Sunday’s People and Planning session Cheryl Thallon, a leading name in ethical nutrition and beauty, will talk about how she incentivises and retains employees and teams across her wholesale and retail businesses. Also appealing to operations and store managers will be Rebecca Day’s talk on workplace wellbeing; mental, physical and cultural. Elsewhere, NAJ’s head of education will bring attendees up to speed on what is possible with modern apprenticeships.
In parallel, the Better Business Sales and Marketing session is aimed principally at suppliers and designers and will kick off with the William Agency’s Sarah Jordan showcasing the art of storytelling in PR. Andrew Martyniuk and Rachael Taylor, founders of t The Jewellery Cut Live will also make a presentation titled, ‘Long live events! How to get the most out of trade, networking and VIP events’. Lastly, Gordon Glenister, Chief executive of the Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA) will be speaking about the fastest growing advertising medium in the world: influencer marketing, in his talk ‘Influencers and brand promotion in luxury industries’.
Taking place on Monday June 22, will be the product and procurement theme for Better Business, aimed at those in senior supplier or designer roles. During this time, David Brough, founder of Jewellery Outlook, will be hosting a panel session with NAJ chair and founder of Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, Philip Newman, editor of Metals Focus Magazine, the publication for one of the world’s leading precious metals consultancies and Jayant Raniga, owner of London retailer PureJewels.
Money and operations will complete this triad of sessions for Better Business also taking place on the Monday, with speakers to be announced very soon.
Paola De Luca, co-founder and creative director of TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting and founder of The Futurist Ltd, will be speaking in the ‘Creativity in the UK’ seminar taking place on Sunday June 21, along with a selection of UK designers and manufacturers. De Luca’s session aims to advise those creating jewellery in the UK to understand likely trends from 2021 onwards. This will be supported by Vicenzaoro.
The NAJ will soon unveil speakers for the Retail Jewellers’ Congress, under the theme ‘Grow your people, Grow your business’.
The speaker line up will constantly be updated on the NAJ website, where bookings are also being processed.