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 Jewellery & Watch Birmingham unveils shortlist for Buyers Power List

BIRMINGHAM, January 25, 2015 - Jewellery & Watch Birmingham has revealed the highly-anticipated shortlist for its annual Buyers Power List awards, sponsored by UNOde50, which have been introduced to the show’s agenda following the well-received launch in June last year.

In place to recognise and celebrate the hard work, dedication and success of individuals and buying teams across the UK jewellery and watch retail market, the awards are divided across six dedicated categories: Best Independent Retailer (less than five outlets), Best Multiple Retailer (more than six outlets), Best Department Store, Best Individual Buyer, Best Watch Retailer, and Best Heritage Site, Museum or Gallery.

The introduction of the Watch Retailer category, as well as the addition of heritage sites to the museums and galleries category, has opened up the competition to a whole host of new names for 2015.

The initial round of nominations, which was open to the public via the Jewellery & Watch Birmingham website, has resulted in a prestigious shortlist of some of the most respected names across the industry. In no particular order, the full shortlist is as follows:

Best Independent Retailer (five outlets or less)
E C One
Fish Brothers Group
Hemstock’s Jewellers Ltd
Wongs Jewellers
Sarah May Jewellery
Baker Brothers Diamonds
Jeremy France Jewellers
Steffan’s The Jewellers

Best Multiple Retailer (more than six outlets)
Ernest Jones
Fraser Hart
Mappin and Webb
Pia Jewellery
Warren James

Best Department Store
Harvey Nichols
House of Fraser
TK Maxx
A De Gruchy
John Lewis
Fortnum & Mason

Best Individual Buyer
Alice Rigby, Argos
Ashley Pugh, W Bruford
Jason Allum, Allum & Sidaway
Monique Hirshman, Drakes
Helen Dimmick, Green + Benz
Charlie Pragnell, George Pragnell
Bec Astley Clarke MBE, Astley Clarke
Adam Gillary, SWAG
Mike Rice, High Rice
Lorna Burhouse, Beaverbrooks

Best Watch Retailer
Frost of London
CW Sellors Jura Watches
Winsor Bishop Ltd
Jamieson & Carry
Watches of Switzerland
Lunns Jewellery
The Watch Gallery

Best Heritage Site, Museum or Gallery
The British Museum
Howarth Gallery
The National Gallery
Design Museum Shop
Victoria and Albert

The finalists will now be asked to peer-review within their category; this ranking system will identify the best buyers of 2015, as voted for by the industry. The winners will be revealed at a champagne reception in partnership with UKTI, taking place on site at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham on Monday 2nd February at 6pm.

Julie Driscoll, Portfolio Director for Jewellery & Watch Birmingham at i2i Events Group, said: “After such a fantastic response to the Buyers Power List last year, we knew that the competition was a really valuable addition to the industry; there is no higher accolade than the recognition from your industry peers.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the competition to Birmingham for 2015, with our fabulous sponsor UNOde50, and look forward to revealing the esteemed winners at the show in February.”

As well as sponsoring the Buyers Power List, Spanish brand UNOde50 will exhibit at the show for the first time this year, unveiling their latest designs with the intention to further grow their international customer base ahead of their first UK store launch in April.

UNOde50 will join over 400 brands exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, including PANDORA, Domino, Hockley Mint, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, Clogau, Tresor Paris, Von Lotzbeck Jewellery, Platadepalo, Gecko, Endless, Hot Diamonds and Emozioni, BERING, Condor, Lars Larsen, Storm and Catena Watches.

To find out more information on the Buyers Power List sponsored by UNOde50 and the brands exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, please visit:





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