Houlden Jewellers has announced Stuart Laing, founding director of the group, is bringing forward his retirement date.
Originally due to retire in June 2017, Laing and Houlden Jewellers have reached an agreement that as of 1 July 2016 Laing will retire following a recent health scare.
A statement from Houlden Jewellers read: “He has created a powerful group by growing the membership and bringing the best services to the top independent jewellers in the UK and Ireland.
“He has inspired and innovated the community of Jewellers of Excellence to keep them in tune with the industry. His passion, experience and knowledge will be difficult to replicate and he will always be a lasting part of the Houlden community.”
He departed the group with the following words of wisdom: “The speed of change is accelerating, the trick for the member is to keep up with this pace, so get off the fence and take action.”