Since its inception in 1877, the Birmingham Assay Office has worked closely with the BJA. Over the past year, the Office has done much to promote the BJA and its activities in a variety of ways, such as its chairman Kay Alexander attending the Designer Showcase exhibition in conjunction with Fei Lui Fine Jewellery in China, and collaborating with the BJA on a series of initiatives surrounding the regulation of scrap gold.
The Birmingham Assay Office also contributed to the BJA’s 125th anniversary celebrations, lending a piece to the 125 year showcase exhibition, and its chief executive Michael Allchin addressed guests at the BJA’s 125th anniversary event at the House of Commons.
Upon receiving the award on behalf of the Birmingham Assay Office, Michael Allchin said: “This is a great honour and I am proud and pleased for all of the Birmingham Assay Office team members who work so hard to make an efficient and helpful contribution to the jewellery industry. We are always pleased to support the work of the BJA, which has helped the industry through many difficult circumstances in the past 125 years. In today’s tough economic climate and rapidly changing marketplace its role is more important than ever.
“The fact that we were nominated for this award and voted for by BJA members shows that we must be doing something right, and it makes the award all the more satisfying. Thank you to all those who participated; we appreciate this vote of confidence and will continue to support the BJA and help it to deliver its objectives whenever we can.”