The Birmingham Assay Office has been nominated for the BJA Industry Contributor of the Year award, the winner of which will be decided by BJA members, and the BJA Member of the Year Award, which will go to the individual or company that has helped to promote the BJA the most during 2012.
The Assay Office has been instrumental in the launch of Fairtrade gold and stages the Great Debate at International Jewellery London (IJL) to create awareness and stimulate interest in a more ethical jewellery industry.
It is also a key driver and financial supporter of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Development Trust.
Voting for the categories is open to BJA members via the BJA website until 26 November. Winners will be announced at the Benevolent Society Ball on 6 December.
Chief executive of the Birmingham Assay Office Michael Allchin said: “The Birmingham Assay Office has put its heart and soul into supporting the BJA and the industry. It provides help and support for local and international commercial, ethical and training initiatives and charitable programmes. We urge members to participate in the awards by voting for their favourites and particularly for us. As the trade unions say, ‘vote early and vote often!’”
To vote, visit the BJA’s website.