Jewellery News-Houlden stages Summer Management and Buying Event


Houlden stages Summer Management and Buying Event

June 2013 – The Houlden Group welcomed members, suppliers and guests to its Summer Management & Buying Event on 18-20 June 2013 in East Sussex.
Chief Executive, Stuart Laing also welcomed new member Glyn Smoothie of WE Watts of Derby.
Laing opened the conference by highlighting the many opportunities that Houlden Group offers saying, “Trading remains tough but being a member of Houlden adds an extra star to your business”.
Laing talked about the various new initiatives and developments being implemented by the Group.
These included Management MasterClass training courses for owners and senior management as well as a Members’ Marketing Club to create and develop generic marketing materials for its members.
It was also proposed that The Marketing Club would provide members with a platform to share ideas and design concepts as well as making use of high quality model photography for websites, catalogues and advertising.
On a recent trip to Las Vegas as an invited guest of JCK Luxury, Stuart Laing made contact with several exciting manufacturers and designers, many of whom were focusing on the very substantial engagement and bridal sectors.
Laing reminded members that Houlden takes every opportunity to cast its net wider in its desire to source new and attractive product ranges from the UK and abroad resulting in a US exhibitor being invited to the Houlden Summer Event.
During Members’ Day the keynote speakers gave members an insight into the skills for success with Amanda Lindsay speaking on ‘Accelerated Learning” and Gavin Ingham on “5 and a half steps to Sales Success”.
The Two Days’ Suppliers Event allowed members and guests to view the latest jewellery and watch ranges from over 80 suppliers with new accounts being opened to the delight of many suppliers.
In the evening guests were invited to a red carpet ‘Hollywood style’ party with paparazzi photographers, delicious food and a live band – many guests were seen dancing until the early hours.
Accelerated and motivated, The Houlden Group looks forward to welcoming members and guests to its IJL Stand in September.