Lindsey Straughton, BJA marketing and PR manager, said: “Through this new awards programme, we are absolutely delighted to promote the efforts of our membership. Too often, the great work and service our members provide to the industry goes unrecognised and this new initiative is a great opportunity to showcase their products, services and achievements.
“Winners will receive a special commemorative plaque, and of course, the plaudits from their peers!” she added. Both winners and shortlisted nominees will also have use of a unique BJA logo celebrating their achievement.
The nomination process has already started and BJA members are invited to submit their entries for five distinct categories: BJA Member of the Year, BJA Supplier of the Year, BJA Industry Contributor of the Year, BJA Designer of the Year and BJA Retailer of the Year.
Submission of nominations finishes on 10 September, when the entries will be shortlisted by an industry-wide judging panel. Voting for those shortlisted will end on 26 November. The awards programme will then culminate in a black tie ceremony at the prestigious Jewellery and Giftware Ball, which this year will be held in Birmingham on 6 December.
Further details and nomination forms are available at www.bja.org.uk and by visiting the BJA on stand H35 in Hall 18 at Spring Fair.