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CMJ names permanent successor to Willie Hamilton

CMJ names permanent successor to Willie Hamilton

The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) has appointed Terry Boot to the role of chief executive officer. Boot has been acting as interim chief executive to the buying group for the last six months, since the departure of Willie Hamilton at the end of July 2017. During this time, Boot has worked closely with the

CMJ announces new non-exec director as Andrew Hirshman steps down

Director of Drakes Jewellers, Andrew Hirshman is stepping down from the Company of Master Jewellers’ board of directors after four years in the position. Hirshman has decided to step down from the role due to business commitments. His exit makes way for the first board member from outside the jewellery and watch industry, as the

Mallards joins the CMJ’s retailer line up

Networking element of buying group appealed to independent retailer. Independent retailer Mallards has joined the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ). The seven-store retailer operates in the south and east of England, in locations including Basildon, Leicester, Peterborough, Nottingham and Southend. Mallard’s regional manager Paul Ervin quoted the networking opportunities of the CMJ as one of

Mireya seeks bridal brand growth with Houlden

Diamond business says Harout R range has great potential in the UK. Hatton Garden-based diamond jewellery business Mireya has joined the Houlden Group, with plans to grow relations with high-end UK jewellery retailers. The company became a member last month having benefitted from working with buying groups in the US, and realising that a number

CMJ grows with new member and new supplier

Retailer Grace & Co. and supplier Tiangius Jackson join buying group. The Company of Master Jewellers has announced two new members, retailer Grace & Co. and Mexican silver specialist Tiangius Jackson. The businesses have joined to help develop their presence in the UK industry. Grace & Co. director Mick McQuillan said: "There are many reasons

Houlden Group sales up £1m in past three months

Stuart Laing dubs group recession-proof at summer buyers’ meeting. The Houlden Group held it buyers’ meeting in Sussex last week, describing its members as “recession defying”, with its sales, new members and new supplier numbers up. The buying group’s chief executive Stuart Laing opened the event. He said: “Despite the recession and economic downturn the

Houlden hires W Bruford MD as brand adviser

Ashley Pugh to focus building links with fashionable jewellery brands. Buyers group Houlden has appointed W Bruford managing director Ashley Pugh as its brand development adviser. Pugh has been tasked with repositioning the Houlden Group, with a particular focus on helping its retailer members to embrace branded fashion-forward jewellery. The appointment of Pugh has been