“The Members Day will give members and industry individuals who work closely with us the opportunity to briefly discuss topics covered by the Association during 2012/13. We wish to expand on our ‘by the member, for the member’ initiatives and celebrate the successful work the committee members and BJA team have undertaken,” commented marketing manager Lindsey Straughton.
In keeping with the Association’s push to embrace education and training opportunities, it has this year arranged for Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, to talk about developments at the National Skills Academy, and BJA vice chairman Jason Holt to enlighten the audience about the opportunities modern apprentices are bringing to the jewellery industry.
Gordon Hamme will explain the new BJA Mentoring for Members project, whilst designer Jessica Flinn will highlight the benefits of BJA Designer/Craft Membership for a small up-and-coming company.
Additionally, the work of the UK delegation, made up of individuals from many trade organisations including the BJA, to the international body CIBJO, will be presented by John Henn, the representative for the National Association of Goldsmiths. Oliver Sutton of Birmingham manufacturer Charles Green will also give a personal comment on the industry in memory of his father, Richard Sutton.
Finally, BJA chairman Gary Williams will report on the organisation’s event-packed 125th anniversary year, and CEO Simon Rainer will oversee the AGM formalities.
“We look forward to receiving members and their guests to the Members Day and afterwards for an informal gathering with refreshments. Non-members are most welcome to come and hear more about the workings of the Association,” stated Simon.