A round-up of this year’s seminars and new exhibitors.
Annual jewellery trade show Jewellery & Watch Birmingham will open its doors at the NEC exhibition centre this Sunday, February 2, with more than 400 exhibitors lined up to present new collections.
The theme of this year’s show, The Story Behind the Brand, has been created to encourage designers and manufacturers to share the stories behind their collections.
Exhibitors at this year’s show, which runs until February 6, include Rachel Galley, Fei Liu, Allumer London, Mark Milton, Banyan Jewellery, Jos Von Arx, Alexis Dove, Babette Wasserman, Bering Time, CARAT* London, Charmian Beaton Design, Clogau Gold, Kissing Diamonds, Dryberg Kern, Fable Jewels, Gecko, Hot Diamonds, Lars Larsen Watches, Missoma, Pandora Jewellery, Source Watches, Storm of London and Tresor Paris .
The show will also play host to a number of first time exhibitors, including new jewellery brand Esoteric Luxury, which will be debut its new Lucky Talisman collection at the show, along with Sapienta and Peculiar Vintage .
The show will also feature three-times daily catwalk show and a number of events, including seminars with industry leaders.
Highlights for the first day include Michael Allchin’s industry overview at 11am, set to provide a detailed analysis of market trends, the latest trade figures, and an informed guide to buying for the year ahead.
A panel discussion will place at 1pm on Sunday February 2, chaired by Jewellery Outlook editor, David Brough, in which industry experts will share their views on the outlook for international jewellery, precious metals and gemstone markets in 2014. The panel will include Gary Williams, dhairman of the British Jewellers Association and director of Presman Mastermelt; Pravin A Pattni, owner and director of Minar Jewellers, and Philip Newman, director of Metal Focus.
The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham will visit Jewellery & Watch Birmingham on the second day of the show to join manufacturers of cufflinks and fine jewellery Deakin & Francis at stand T04 in Hall17 at 10.15am for the launch of the brand’s new Mechanimals Collection.
Fei Liu brand manager Jo Henderson will open the stage at 11am on the second day of the show with a creative seminar on visual display and store layouts. Henderson is set to share inspirational tips and insight towards attracting customers, maximising store potential and effectively showcasing stock.
The British Jewellers’ Association will announce the winners of its cocktail ring design award 2014 at 12:30pm at the Catwalk Café.
CMJ Media director Sarah Carpin will explore modern jewellery marketing and how to generate the best return on investment at 1pm on Monday February 3, covering matters of PR, social media marketing, and creating achievable strategies.
At 4pm on Monday, the Houlden Group will announce the winners of their Bridal Design of the Year competition. Its chief executive Stuart Laing will present the awards for both categories; one of which has a retail price of £1,500 to £3,000, the other £3,000 to £5,000.
Monday February 3 will be rounded off with the show’s exhibitor drinks at the Catwalk Café at 6pm.
For those looking to set up a retail business, an guide to entering the jewellery market will be discussed at 1pm, with a panel discussion chaired by BJA director Simon Rainer. Speakers include Fei Liu’s Jo Henderson, designer Alexis Dove and Annette Allen, owner and director of Source Watches.
At 3:30pm on Tuesday the CMJ Award will be given to the winner of the Best New Collection, taking place at its stand in Hall 17.
On Wednesday February 5, the show will begin with a panel discussion on the business of retail at 11am. Established retailers will share their experiences of developing retail businesses and offer advice and inspiration for those looking to do same. The session will be chaired by Michael Rawlinson, chief executive of The National Association of Goldsmiths, and will include CRED Jewellery director Alan Frampton, designer Babette Wasserman and Nathalie Kabiri, founder of retailer Kabiri.
A second panel discussion will take place at 2pm, offering guidance for retailers looking to break into the watch market. Chairperson James Buttery, editor of WatchPro magazine, will be joined by Watchfinder director Lloyd Amsdon and retailer Tom Milner of Tustains.
Gabrielle Hase will host the final seminar of the day, Business Abroad: Capitalising on New Opportunities, which will take place at 4pm. Hase will take a look at global emerging markets in which to start selling, offering expertise for retailers and designers alike.