International Jewellery London has announced that the 2020 show has been cancelled.
Joining a host of other industry trade shows, International Jewellery London organisers, Reed Exhibitions, have decided it will not go ahead this year due to the ongoing global pandemic.
Reed Exhibitions says in a statement: “Following UK government guidelines and comprehensive discussions with our customers, public health authorities and partner organisations, we do not believe that we are in a position to host a large scale gathering of the community in September without compromising the key valuable elements of IJL.
“The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority. Therefore, after careful consideration we feel it is in everyone’s best interests not to go ahead with this year’s event and wanted to give everyone involved as much notice as possible.”
Set to take place in a new location – Alexandra Palace – International Jewellery London was scheduled for September 13-15, 2020.
No dates or details have been confirmed yet for next year’s show.
The statement continues: “IJL has 65 years of heritage that we look to protect and maintain during this unprecedented time. For now, and as we recognise the challenging time our industry has to face, both personally and professionally, we will continue to collaborate with exhibitors and visitors to support the global jewellery industry during this difficult period. We are working out these details now and will inform our community at the relevant and appropriate times.”
Last week, Professional Jeweller also took the decision to move its annual awards from September and join forces with WatchPro for a joint event in November.
When considering the uncertainty over social distancing, we decided that we could not bring hundreds of people together in September. As much as we all need a night out – the safety of trade professionals must come first.
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