A host of industry experts will take over two stages at Somerset House this June for The Jewellery Show London; one stage dedicated to watch brands, the other to jewellery.
Organised by i2i Events Group, the two-day show will see unmissable content across both stages. Covering all aspects of the industry – from business, sales, and marketing, to the latest trends, designs and innovative technologies – the speakers will share valuable insight with the visitors, press, and buyers in attendance.
The jewellery stage will see the likes of Vanessa Birkett, Managing Director of Catherine Jones Jewellery, discussing how jewellery retailers should adapt to the increasingly brand dominated market, and Michael Laing, Owner and CEO of Laing Jewellers, exploring ways to adapt the traditional jewellery for the modern age customer.
Trend forecasting service WGSN, The Jewellery Show London's official trend partner, will also be sharing exclusive trend information at the show with WGSN's Head of Footwear and Accessories, Claire Foster, taking to the jewellery stage on 11th June to give a talk on seasonal jewellery trends for spring/summer 2014.
Another highlight on the jewellery stage will be a panel session entitled A Confident and Responsible Jewellery Supply Chain: The Story So Far, which will consider what is being done to improve transparency within the jewellery industry with a particular focus on ethical gem-stone and precious metal sourcing. The panel discussion will feature Tim Dabson, Executive Director of the Diamond Trading Company (DeBeers Group), Alan Frampton, CEO of CRED Jewellery and Dr. Jack Ogden, Ambassador from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.
Helen Dimmick, Owner of independent jewellers Green + Benz, will be sharing her thoughts on why it is important to think of your jewellery boutique as a brand. She said: "When I completed the MBO in August 2012, I felt the business had lost its identity, and I immediately created a strategic path to re-establish our roots as a leading independent stockist of contemporary fine jewellery with a twist.
"My presentation will focus on how I'm taking positive steps to achieve this goal, with both staff and customers at the heart of the process, plus the importance of stock in creating distinctiveness.'
The dedicated watch stage will coincide with the launch of The Watch Salon London, where a fine selection of renowned watch brands from around the world will showcase their latest collections. Key speakers on the stage will include: Robin Kamal, Co-Founder of the Watch Hub, who will discuss change and opportunity in 2013 for the modern watch retailer. Leanne Whittaker, Account Manager with GfK, who will be giving a presentation on the watch stage, commented: "Internet access and retailing are continually increasing and this is adding a new dimension to the consumer purchasing journey. Consumer knowledge of products and price before purchasing is now at a level not seen before. Therefore, during my presentation I will look at how the current high street is performing for watches, given the current economic climate and the rise of the internet, before looking at the growth of online sales at increasing price points. I will finally draw conclusion on what, if any, impact the internet is having on the UK watch markets performance."
The Jewellery Show London will take place from 11th - 12th June, 2013, at Somerset House, London. The organisers are i2i Events Group, who also produce the Jewellery Show, which takes place each February as part of the Spring Fair at the NEC. To find out more, visit www.thejewelleryshowlondon.com
Posted: 22 March 2019