IJL 2014 launches unique Advice Clinics
LONDON, June 7, 2014 – Trade show IJL is launching a series of special Advice Clinics, sponsored by the National Association of Goldsmiths, to enhance its seminar programme.
A first for the industry, the drop-in clinics are designed to give visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to meet experts drawn from a diverse range of business disciplines, on a one-to-one basis during the show.
These invaluable, free practical sessions will run in half-hour slots and cover everything from business security, marketing and training to pensions, branding and visual merchandising know-how. Following each session, participants will be given a ‘to do’ checklist as a handy aide memoire.
The impressive line-up of industry experts are:
• Richard Pope, pension specialist from SIJ Wealth Management
• Debbie Barrow, retail sales training expert from Virada Training
• Hilaire O’Shea, retail security specialist from SPC Support UK Ltd
• Paul Andrews, an expert in family succession planning from Family Business United
• Christine Colbert, brand expert from House Creative
• Michael Donaldson, business benchmarking and planning specialist from The Value Innovator
Sam Willoughby, Event Director, welcomed this new initiative: “It is such a bonus for visitors to IJL to be able to access this wealth of experience and we are really pleased to be able to offer everyone attending the show this exclusive source of information on a one-to-one basis. They clinics are designed to cover all the ‘hot topics’ facing business today. Another first for IJL at Olympia Grand!”
Michael Rawlinson, CEO of N.A.G. added: “The world of retailing is becoming ever more complex and the daily skills required to operate the business extend well beyond the topics just associated with jewellery. I am delighted the Association is sponsoring this important initiative at IJL which will provide a further opportunity to support our members and the wider jewellery sector”.
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director, Family Business United, is looking forward to discussing the challenges facing family business owners. His business, Family Business United, was created to help family firms of all sizes manage their business, in order for them to succeed for generations to come. Paul Andrews said: “Advice clinics like these are a great way to start a dialogue and help assess a situation. First and foremost, it is important for any family business owner to appreciate that they are not alone in their thoughts – and that many before them have faced and dealt with issues surrounding succession”.
Richard Pope from the Workplace Pension Bureau will focus on the introduction of new staff pension legislation, effectively and efficiently – helping people more easily understand the pension minefield in the workplace. He will be advising about this new legislation and the huge impact on business – both financially and administratively. He said: “I really welcome this new initiative at IJL. There’s a real need within the industry for access to practical advice and these clinics provide yet another reason to attend the show this year”.
With over 30 years in sales and marketing in some of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, Michael Donaldson from The Value Innovator will be advising companies – irrespective of their size or sector – on the best way to achieve rapid and sustainable growth. He said: “The Advice Clinics will provide both retailers and suppliers with free impartial advice on business ideas and issues, and are an innovative way of increasing value for those attending this year’s IJL”.
The Advice Clinics will be situated on the upper level in the Solutions & Services area.
For more details and timings, please go to: www.jewellerylondon.com. Registration for IJL 2014 is also now open. Please go to www.jewellerylondon.com/register.
IJL 2014 will run from 31 August to 2 September 2014 at Olympia Grand, London.