Retailers turn out in force at CMJ Trade Event; CMJ launches distribution business
BIRMINGHAM, England, February 21, 2016 – Independent retailers turned out in force at the Company of Master Jewellers’ (CMJ) Spring Trade Event (Feb. 21-22, 2016) to restock the latest jewellery designs and watch brands.
CMJ Chief Executive Willie Hamilton said UK economic conditions were positive for the jewellery sector this year as employment was high and inflation was low.
CMJ CEO Willie Hamilton
He said that CMJ had launched a new distribution business, headed by Stephen Reece-Raybould.
Dollie Jewellery, a silver jewellery brand, is the first brand that will be distributed exclusively by the new business.
The Dollie Jewellery brand is the brainchild of Karen Webb-Meek, from CMJ retailer ‘In The Pink’.
Karen started creating her own silver jewellery after identifying a demand from customers, and she has had phenomenal success with the Dollie brand in the two years since she started it.
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Hamilton told Jewellery Outlook that CMJ was seeking to acquire an IT business, and another business that supplies websites and design technology, as part of his vision to build exclusive data about the UK jewellery sector.
This data – for example, identifying best seller product ranges – will benefit CMJ retailers, and could also be sold commercially, Hamilton said.
“The intention is to grab top line data,” he said.
CMJ Spring Trade Event
Suppliers showcased a variety of new product ranges, such as C6 who received strong feedback from retailers for their black carbon rings with diamonds, and Cred, who presented a new Fairtrade precious jewellery collection by Liz Earle, a leading beauty and wellbeing expert.
Innovative packaging company Talbots Group made its debut as an Approved Supplier at the CMJ Spring Trade Event, showing visitors its new product range.
Launching this spring, Talbots’ new trade-focused website will enable customers to browse its collections in full, submit bespoke queries and order packaging online.
The Birmingham business also presented its Tailor Made service at the CMJ Trade Event, having recently transformed retailer David M. Robinson’s packaging into an elegant butter-yellow collection of boxes and bags.
In other trade news, Hockley Mint announced that Carol Sinfield has been appointed as Area Sales Manager for the North of England.
Alongside her role as Area Sales Manager, Carol will also be helping to develop and support the new You Fine Jewellery brands Arctic Circle and The Promise of Created Elegance nationwide.
Carol previously worked at IBB Amsterdam for seven years.