Jewellery & Watch advisory board optimistic for 2016

Last week industry influencers met for the third Jewellery & Watch advisory board meeting to discuss the prevalent trends, insights and issues currently facing the jewellery industry, as well as a vision into 2016 and plans for the anticipated February show.

Led by the show’s portfolio director Julie Driscoll, the session on Wednesday 23 September was attended by leading industry names including Judith Lockwood of Arctic Circle Diamonds, Lindsey Straughton and Kate Madeline of the NAJ, and Adelle Thompson and Lorna Burhouse of Beaverbrooks.

Discussion centred around the importance of education and supporting the future of the jewellery industry, including training and experience opportunities as well as ethical and sustainable values across the industry.

The show organisers also unveiled the new direction for 2016, including its rebrand and forthcoming new website designed to further enhance the show experience for buyers and retailers.

Driscoll commented; “The jewellery and watch industry is one of the most dynamic sectors in the UK retail trade, and we are extremely proud to organise the Jewellery & Watch show. The leaders and influencers of our industry are incredibly generous with their time and are passionately committed to driving the whole UK jewellery and watch industry forward. I am confident that many of the ideas discussed will be live on the show floor for February 2016. “

Jewellery & Watch will take place from 7-11 February, 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, co-located with Spring Fair.