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UK jewellery trade bodies unite to support independent businesses

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Leading jewellery industry organisations and membership bodies have united to form the Jeweller Support Network, designed to assist independent and family-owned retailers, designer-makers and jewellery trade professionals struggling with the ramifications of COVID-19.

The Jeweller Support Network is a coalition of people, resources and skills, bringing together the Diamond Producers Association, the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), Houlden Jewellers, the London Diamond Bourse, the Goldsmiths’ Company, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, the Society of British Jewellers, the Women’s Jewellery Network (WJN) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC).

Its goal is to minimise the damage and disruption caused by COVID-19 by directing small and large business owners to relevant resources, including Government financial advice, e-learning resources and trade-specific opportunities. This is being done via a dedicated web page and Instagram account.

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Simon Forrester, chief executive officer of the National Association of Jewellers, says: “The COVID-19 pandemic is both a global health crisis and an economic crisis, particularly for small and independent businesses that are now facing lengthy closures and restricted access to essential services. Together, we can weather this storm by sharing our expertise, knowledge and resources – it is our goal to sustain independent jewellers and ensure they can continue operating just as soon as restrictions are lifted.”

Professional Jeweller is in full support of this movement and will be sharing its progress with readers, alongside the best articles, stories and insights.

“It is absolutely amazing to see the trade come together at such a time as this,” says Professional Jeweller editor, Stacey Hailes. “Never has it been more important to unite and work together as a community.

“Together, the jewellery industry is stronger and will get through this current crisis. And we here at Professional Jeweller are here to help as well. That’s why we will be joining with the Jeweller Support Network to share the best of its resources, alongside our own exclusive content which aims to encourage, inspire and educate the trade at this time.”

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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