Can you imagine if your own father had so many critics, and ignited such visceral disdain, that merely bearing his name could become toxic to your own business?
Retail jewellers are arguably the businesses most vulnerable to break-ins and theft anywhere on the high street.
I’ve been at this magazine for three years, and, if I am being honest, after joining I quickly became accustomed to a downbeat atmosphere at the major trade shows in the industry.
The post-Brexit dust appears, at least for the time being to have settled. Although the gold price shot up in the immediate aftermath, the pace of increase does appear to have slowed. Now that the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have calmed down and regained their initial losses, it’s possible …
I watched a documentary the other day about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It revealed a side of the tale that I had not heard before but which resonated with me.
By the time next time I write my letter for this column, the British public will have made the biggest decision they are likely to make for several generations.
So how is the industry holding up so far this year? A salient question, but a hard one to answer without some statistical context.
The very first copy of Jewellery Focus rolled off the press 10 years ago this month.
The industry has done a good job of holding steady and ending a decade of contraction this year. The hallmarking figures graph ‘bottomed-out’ showing modest but definite increases in almost every month of the last 12.
It is of course disappointing to see that the hallmarking figures have fallen into year-on-year decline for October.