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Editor’s Blog

July, 2014

  • 8 July

    Falling vacancy rates are yet another beam of light

    Rather excitingly, this week brought the news that high street retail vacancy rates are at their lowest since June 2010 – right at the height of the recession.

  • 1 July

    Optimistic students need to listen to the industry stalwarts

    Young artists are naturally full of optimism. After all, they are pursuing their dreams, and if they don’t believe in themselves, goodness knows it’s an uphill battle making others have faith. Perhaps it is no surprise therefore that 90% of jewellery students are “confident of finding employment in the creative …

June, 2014

  • 24 June

    British jewellery needs plenty more of the Beaverbrooks attitude

    So often when you attend a talk or seminar at the trade shows, or even at after-dinner speeches, there is mention of how the industry needs to pull together, support new talent, and revitalise itself from within. 

  • 10 June

    Mondaine has found a very British marketing device in John Lewis

    The best marketing is that which doesn’t force the message down your throat. Better still, it should say something other than ‘buy our product’. Consumers are good at identifying marketing techniques so it is the job of the agencies to come up with something that offers more than the product itself.

  • 3 June

    It’s only fair that card fees are knocked on the head

    The news that we’re using less physical cash in the UK than at any other time in history means there has been a consumer behaviour revolution. The public has, on a wholesale basis, abandoned of cash in favour of the trusty chip ‘n’ pin. But somehow, the flexibility doesn’t seem …

May, 2014

April, 2014

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