The British Jewellers’ Association today reported record numbers of member organisations in its ranks.
The association has received more 20 membership applications for July alone, and the total number of members has grown by 20% since 2010.
Most of the growth has come from a surge in the number of retailers applying for full membership, and continues to be the dominant force of growth, according to the BJA.
BJA chief executive, Simon Rainer, said: “We are completely market focussed and have analysed the needs of the various jewellery sectors and devised a range of services and benefits to suit the needs of each.
“Our work to help develop the businesses of our membership has been rewarded with higher retention rates and increasing numbers joining the association,” he added.
With the BJA’s mentoring project now in its third month of operation, it will be holding a ‘Growing Your Business’ seminar at its Vyse Street offices on July 25th, where a panel of industry speakers will give presentations on their own experience in developing successful brands and businesses.
The BJA mentoring project is just one of the many initiatives the BJA has introduced to help the membership and will be launching a new website in August helping members sell their products to a wider retail audience, in addition to an online version of its popular credit reporting initiative.
Further information on the BJA can be found at www.bja.org.uk