From 18 to 21 June, over 90 suppliers exhibited their fine jewellery, gems and diamonds, silver jewellery, branded jewellery, pearls, watches and many more across two floors in defined areas. Meanwhile, the new Supplier ‘Stadium’ Selling allowed suppliers to ‘pitch’ their product to members.
One company to do so was JSN Jewellery, for the launch of its Canada Star Diamonds of Excellence, a new diamond brand exclusively for members.
Chief executive Stuart Laing said: “Despite the recession and economic downturn, the Houlden Group has increased its sales by over £1 million in the last three months; membership continues to grow, we have a wider range of new suppliers and membership enquiries are at an all-time high. The industry is moving at a faster pace reflecting the continuing demand for fashion jewellery and watch brands and Houlden has placed itself in a strong position to offer its members more choice and flexibility.”
Inspirational speakers including Tim Dension from Ipsos Retail Performance suggested that the recession was a good thing as people need to improve to stay in the market and grow.