RETAIL SPOTLIGHT – JACOBS 75th ANNIVERSARY IS 2023: Reading independent jeweller announces fundraising plans, marking their anniversary with a £175,000 target


Jacobs has announced an ambitious fundraising programme for 2023 in which the established and trusted independent jewellery retailer marks its 75th anniversary in business.


The Berkshire-based jeweller has always had close links with the community it serves and this bedrock commitment remains honoured. Incredibly, over the last decade Jacobs has already helped fundraise £136,000 for their charity partner: local NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Berks Charity.

In this coming year, Jacobs hope to fundraise a further £39,000 to make that total £175,000 to mark their 75thanniversary. Their attention will be focused on the cardiac unit, to fund a refurbishment of the cardiac outpatient department.

Adam Jacobs, partner, said: “Along with my parents Ian and Adrienne, we’re absolutely thrilled to be celebrating this landmark anniversary. As one of the longest standing independent retailers and family businesses in the area, it’s so important to us that we help our local hospital who have looked after not just our families for over four generations, but those of our team and customers. We can’t wait to get going!”

The programme will include their Spring Social drinks party, a year round in store raffle and an innovative series of “evening with” events.

These VIP ticketed events with limited numbers will feature a guest celebrity from either the jewellery world or local Reading community, speaking to attendees about their lives and careers along with a Q&A session.

This will be hosted in Reading’s luxury boutique hotel, The Roseate, and following a drinks reception, in the intimate setting of their private cinema, concluding with a private luxury dinner with the personality joining them.

The first personality is world famous jeweller Shaun Leane, star of BBC2s ratings smash, ‘All That Glitters’ in February; the second will be born and bred Reading resident Chris Tarrant, star of TV and radio, in the summer of 2023. A gala one-off evening is also planned for Winter 2023.

Jo Warrior, Charity Director for Royal Berks Charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Jacobs have chosen to support us again in their 75th anniversary year. Their fundraising over the years has enabled the delivery of a number of projects that have helped to improve patient care and experience, and this is a further example of their continued commitment to support our work and the Trust. We are very much looking forward to working with them during 2023.”