Craig Bolton has been with the Watches of Switzerland Group, formerly known as Aurum Holdings, since 2004, when he joined the company as regional manager for the North East of England.
Through hard work and determination, Bolton has climbed up the ranks, being first promoted to retail director, before becoming executive director of Goldsmiths, then Mappin & Webb, and now the entire UK arm.
In this newly create role, Bolton brings all fascia and operational functions facilitating group strategies, plans and brand partnerships on behalf of the total UK business. The firm’s chief exec, Brian Duffy, said at the time of Bolton’s promotion earlier this year: “Craig brings to this newly created role 14 years of experience and significant success in our group and under his leadership, Goldsmiths and Mappin & Webb have gone from strength to strength.”
During his time with the business, the Watches of Switzerland Group has grown rapidly — even overtaking Signet as the biggest jewellery retail company in the UK.
Latest figures reveal a rise in sales for the seven weeks to March 15 2020. Group revenue at the start of the year increased ahead of expectations, up 16.8% relative to the prior year and like-for-like sales increased by 12% relative to the prior year. As the Watches of Switzerland Group now navigates the global pandemic, the directors are confident the business is well positioned to deliver on its plans to leverage its leading position in the UK.
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