School of Jewellery graduate awarded £5,000 to kick-start business.

Jewellery & Watch Birmingham has announced that Sophie Lomax, a recent graduate from the Birmingham School of Jewellery, has been awarded a £5,000 bursary as part of the organisation’s debut scheme.

Organised in conjunction with Birmingham City University, the J&WB bursary was designed to help one individual pursue their career ambitions.


After an initial application process, graduates were invited to a series of interviews held on-site at Birmingham’s NEC arena. Lomax will now receive mentoring on a range of topics, including retail, design, PR, marketing and brand development.

The long-term initiative will also see Lomax organise events that will bring together a wider group of graduates and experienced experts to offer inspiration, tutoring, mentorship and discussions surrounding prevalent topics within the jewellery industry.

She will also document her experiences via a dedicated blog page on the Jewellery & Watch Birmingham website, providing a portal for other students and graduates to gain insight and tips for success.

Lomax commented: “This opportunity was open to all graduates from the School of Jewellery, so it’s really great to have been selected – I’m ecstatic! The £5,000 will be hugely beneficial in helping me develop my own designs and launch a capsule collection, and the fact that I will be mentored by some of the industry’s top individuals and companies is priceless. I look forward to sharing my experiences throughout 2015.”

Julie Driscoll, portfolio director for Jewellery & Watch Birmingham at i2i Events Group, added: “We are thrilled to have awarded Sophie with this fabulous opportunity. We can see a great spark of enthusiasm, creativity and talent in Sophie and I speak on behalf of Jewellery & Watch Birmingham and our Advisory Panel when I say how delighted we are to be supporting the future of British design talent.”

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