Amongst the more sceptical jewellers out there, for a decade the subject of the trade associations merging has drawn sarcasm and mirth in equal measure.
Rather excitingly, this week brought the news that high street retail vacancy rates are at their lowest since June 2010 – right at the height of the recession.
Young artists are naturally full of optimism. After all, they are pursuing their dreams, and if they don’t believe in themselves, goodness knows it’s an uphill battle making others have faith. Perhaps it is no surprise therefore that 90% of jewellery students are “confident of finding employment in the creative …
So often when you attend a talk or seminar at the trade shows, or even at after-dinner speeches, there is mention of how the industry needs to pull together, support new talent, and revitalise itself from within.
The best marketing is that which doesn’t force the message down your throat. Better still, it should say something other than ‘buy our product’. Consumers are good at identifying marketing techniques so it is the job of the agencies to come up with something that offers more than the product itself.
The news that we’re using less physical cash in the UK than at any other time in history means there has been a consumer behaviour revolution. The public has, on a wholesale basis, abandoned of cash in favour of the trusty chip ‘n’ pin. But somehow, the flexibility doesn’t seem …
I love to be the bearer of good news. The UK just had the biggest year-on-year rise in the quantity of goods bought in the retail sector since 2004. Yes, you heard right.
The news that a Birmingham jeweller who flouted hallmarking rules and has been fined £25,000 as a result, is a useful bit of promotion for the scrupulous majority in the industry.
The Daily Mail reported last week that a company is now producing a necklace/bracelet that links to your phone via Bluetooth and when pressed, can give you a ‘fake’ call to get you out of a sticky spot such as a bad date or a boring lunch.
There’s no arguing with the notion that a busy trade show means its appertaining sector is buoyant. That’s why the inaugural Jewellery & Gem Fair Europe, organised by UBM Asia, spells good news for the industry as a whole.