Touchstone Award recognises activity relating to trading standards.

The Birmingham Assay Office has announced that just one week remains for anyone hoping to enter themselves or others into the inaugural Touchstone Award, which recognises “exceptional activity” relating to hallmarking in the UK.

The award is open to Trading Standards Officers and will be presented by the British Hallmarking Council. It is being funded by the four UK Assay Offices; Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Sheffield.


A release from the Birmingham Assay Office (BAO) said: “Entries are welcomed from individuals or groups who have undertaken some specific activity to encourage the enforcement of hllmarking during the past 12 months.

“The entry may be based on a practical enforcement activity, or educational or published material relating to hallmarking. Judging will be carried out by the Enforcement and Education Committee of the British Hallmarking Council.”

The successful application will be the first to receive the silver Touchstone Award, to be presented at the annual Trading Standards Conference in June. They will also receive an appropriate training grant worth £500 and each individual involved will receive a personal silver award.

The BAO added: “The UK has one of the most rigorous and long established hallmarking regimes in the world. It delivers clear benefits to UK consumers as the hallmark, struck by an independent Assay Office, guarantees the precious metal content of fine jewellery or silver article they are buying.

“Hallmarking also ensures that jewellery retailers and suppliers are competing on a level playing field.”

The closing date for applications is April 30. Application forms are simple to complete and can be downloaded here