EXCLUSIVE-UK, India jewel trade discuss “Designed in UK, Made in India” initiative
MUMBAI, August 24, 2012 – UK and Indian jewellery trade delegations discussed a proposal for the manufacture in India of designs crafted by a select group of talented UK designers.
To be marketed as “Designed in UK, Made in India”, the initiative would encompass some eight UK designers who would be sponsored by the UK to fly to India where they would be hosted by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) to work with factories to manufacture and market their pieces.
A UK trade delegation met with Rajiv Jain, Chairman, GJEPC, on the sidelines of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), India’s leading jewellery trade fair, in Mumbai on August 24, and discussed the initiative.
Under the proposal, a bid will be submitted to UK authorities for approval of sponsorship of the chosen designers to travel to India. The GJEPC would host their stay in India and help to promote the manufactured pieces in a roadshow.
UK funds to sponsor the designers could come either via the UK government or via a private UK group, delegates said.
The initiative will underscore the skills of the Indian manufacturing sector, boosting the image of “Made in India” jewellery, and will promote the careers of the UK designers, Jain said.
“The designers can tell people in the UK that Indians have the capacity to manufacture quality product,” the GJEPC chief said.