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Brand Q&A: Going for growth, with Buckley London

Buckley London has established itself as a mainstay of fashion and costume jewellery in the UK market since it was founded in the 1980s. As the firm prepares to launch seven new collections for the autumn-winter season, MICHAEL NORTHCOTT decided to find out more Please give us a bit of …

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FOCUS ON: Education and training in the jewellery industry

Training methods in the jewellery industry haven’t changed much over the years, although new establishments have provided a structured approach and increased access to funding. As technical skills and mass manufacturing continue gradually to move abroad, what’s next for the industry? Education and training may seem like an obviously important …

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Company Q&A: Betts Metals

Following the company’s acquisition of Sutton Tools, we stopped by the company’s base in Birmingham and spoke to Rosannah Fellows, operations and marketing manager, to find out more. Give us a quick summary of Betts Metals’ history. Betts Metal Sales is a member of the Stephen Betts Group. The original family …

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EXPORTING: find the path to overseas selling

Creative industries in the UK are thriving, and the opportunities do not stop within our shores. We asked Exporting is Great, the government’s campaign to promote exports from UK businesses, to tell us about a UK jewellery business benefiting from having taken the leap.

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Phillip Beale of Charles Green

Describe yourself in three words? Passionate, determined, loyal When you were at school, what did you want to be and why? Through my early years I wanted to be a country vet and then once I did work experience I realised I wanted to work in the jewellery industry in …

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VOHS: Winsor Bishop

When was Winsor Bishop founded? The company was founded in 1834 and we have been on the same site since, although in 2010 we did expand into next door’s premises. You’re on track for record sales growth, why has the company performed so well this year? We have had an …

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Honoured by Royalty: Greg Valerio

After recently being honoured with an MBE, the work Greg Valerio has done with artisanal and small-scale miners in the jewellery industry is second-to-none. TOM DAVIS sat down with the jeweller and activist to hear more about his experiences and where he sees the future of Fairtrade gold Tell us …

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BRAND Q&A: Anakao Jewellery

A new jewellery brand, Anakao, is named after a small fishing village in the south of Madagascar, which remains virtually untouched by modernity. For Vinay Soudakar and his wife, the website says, it holds a special place in their heart. MICHAEL NORTHCOTT spoke to Vinay to find out more about …

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VOHS: Banks Lyon

When was Banks Lyon founded? Banks Lyon Jewellers was founded by myself in 1985. Having served various apprenticeships at H. Samuel, Mappin & Webb and Goldsmiths alongside gaining a distinction in my FGA, my father was convinced of the seriousness of my intentions to become a jeweller in Lancaster thus helped …

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Brand Q&A: Swatch

Calvin Klein Watches and Jewellery, part of the Swatch group of brands, enjoyed double-digit growth in the UK market last year. TOM DAVIS sat down with brand president, Laura Burdese, to learn about the brand’s UK footprint and its future expectations Give us a bit of background about the brand …

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