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FEATURE: Jacob’s the Jeweller on standing the test of time on Reading high street

FEATURE: Jacob’s the Jeweller on standing the test of time on Reading high street

Every year that passes by on the high street at the moment is an accomplishment in its own right. Jewellers up and down the country will agree that every 12-month cycle presents its own unique set of trials and tribulations. Not only has Jacobs the Jewellers managed to weather all challenges and make it to

FEATURE: The highs and lows of succession planning

Passing your business on to the next generation is not as simple as handing over the keys. Rachael Taylor reports on the legal labyrinths and emotional highs and lows of succession planning. The headline of this article is somewhat misleading, because the moment you decide to step back from your business is the very worst

Forum founders set to retire after 50 years

Iain and Sue Munro, the husband and wife founders of Forum Jewellers in Broadstone Dorset, have announced their retirement from the business this month. Iain Munro started his career in jewellery as a trainee manager with H Samuel 50 years ago. After 16 years as a branch manager, the last being in Portsmouth, Iain and

INTERVIEW: Vikki Freeman, Catherine Best

Vikki Freeman explains why she’s continuing her family’s legacy. Jewellery designer-maker Vikki Freeman, daughter of jeweller Catherine Best, has been busy carving her own niche within her family’s business since graduating with a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2012. With an illustrious family legacy of jewellery design, including her mother being made a fellow

F. Hinds celebrates double award and NAG success

Retailer scooped family business and catalogue industry accolades. British retailer F. Hinds is celebrating a triple summer success, scooping two prestigious industry awards just weeks after seeing director Andrew Hinds elected Chairman of the National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG). F. Hinds’ first accolade was awarded by Family Business United (FBU), who crowned the company winners

Generation Next: Succession planning for jewellers

The processes and considerations when handing a business down. Succession planning can involve families pulling together to secure a business’ future or looking outside the company to fine suitable talent with the necessary skills and vision. Arta Ertekin quizzes retailers and industry leaders about the process. They say blood is thicker than water and when

Pykes the Jewellers enters administration

135-year-old business seeks buyer for its North West stores. Family-run retailer Pykes the Jewellers has entered into administration, putting the business up for sale. The North West jeweller, established more than 135 years ago by William Pyke in Birkenhead, went into administration on January 3 2014. It is understood that the business has been impacted

Laings scoops Scottish family business award

Retailer says award recognises marketing and advertising strategies. Laings of Glasgow was awarded Scottish Family Business of the Year at the Herald Scotland’s Family Business Awards in association with Business Gateway. The awards were held on Wednesday night at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The luxury watch retailer was shortlisted in the small/medium business