Professional Jeweller is delighted to announce the finalists in the Multiple Luxury Jewellery Retailer of the Year (five or more stores) category of the 2019 Professional Jeweller Awards.
Retailers in this category must be destination jewellery boutique businesses with five or more stores that excel in sales of fine jewellery priced at over £1,000.
The finalists in the Professional Jeweller Awards Multiple Luxury Jewellery Retailer of the Year category are:
Beaverbrooks is celebrating 100 years in business and it has a lot to shout about! For the 16th consecutive year the national jeweller was named in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list, this time scooping several recognitions. Moreover, in the latest accounts filed with Companies House the business posted growth in sales and operating profits, with turnover landing at £119.2m. The business attributes this to a focus on quality diamonds and luxury brands.
Berry’s Jewellers notched its second best year on record with sales of £47 million in FY2018. The group now has nine stores in a network including a sparkling new flagship in Leeds and plans to open a second store in York this summer. In-store staff are continually trained to offer the very best customer service, while a focus on omnichannel has seen double digit growth year-on-year for the jeweller’s website.
During the last financial year sales for the British jeweller topped £70m for the very first time. The company currently has nine boutiques in the UK, with its most recent opening in Manchester setting a new benchmark for luxury in the city, while its London showrooms in Bond Street, Sloane Street and Harrods are institutions attracting customers from all over the world. In the north of England, it is one of the few retailers to carry stock of 100-£500K, and in London it hones in on its expertise of serving British entrepreneurs.
This national jeweller has been continuing on with its success story, with sales increasing to £36.6m in the last financial year. Chisholm Hunter has been heavily investing in its people, product, and properties, with a recent £2.5m investment in Glasgow and Bluewater underlining the retailer’s ambition to grow both north and south of the border. Store refurbishments reflect the company’s desire to be even more luxurious, with champagne bars proving a hit with shoppers.
Scotland’s esteemed jewellery retailer Laings has enjoyed a successful second coming of the 178-year old family business, which has seen two retail firms become one again. The first accounts as a reunified company revealed a turnover for the year of £29.94 million. This includes a full twelve months of sales from what was Laing The Jeweller (Glasgow) Ltd, but only 9 months from Laing the Jeweller Limited and Parkhouse The Jeweller.
Mappin & Webb
Mappin & Webb has been one of many success stories for the Watches of Switzerland Group over the last 12 months. The luxury jeweller has enjoyed high single digital growth during the last financial year, with a host of newness expected to see sales soar even higher throughout 2019. As a heritage brand, Mappin & Webb has a unique USP, while an investment in the rebrand of the business in 2016 has made sure the British company doesn’t stay stuck in the past.