The National Association of Jewellers received unanimous mandate of Confidence from Members
LONDON, June 2015 – Following successful votes at the respective BJA EGM and NAG AGM held on June 16th at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, a clear membership mandate has now been given for the formation of The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ).
The NAJ will be the result of the unification of the National Association of Goldsmiths (N.A.G.) and the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA). Members of both Associations cast their votes in support of bringing the industry giants together to create one coherent and authoritative voice for both retailers and their customers.
The NAG/BJA unification working party was instrumental in formulating a comprehensive proposal for the unification of the two associations. The NAJ will represent over 2,000 businesses and will strengthen the provision of education, training and lobbying government with a clear vision on raising standards.
The NAJ will create a strong brand identity that will be recognised by consumers as a mark of excellence, focusing on increasing consumer confidence in the purchase of jewellery and creating a robust Code of Practice that all members will be expected to abide by.
Andrew Hinds, Chairman of National Association of Goldsmiths, said: “I am delighted that we have received the endorsement of our members to complete the merger and I am excited about the future that both of our associations now have as part of a stronger body which speaks for the whole industry.
“I am confident that our members will see the benefits that we have promised and that even more will follow. We want to work with everyone involved in the wider jewellery trade to ensure that we build on our long and successful history to provide a future in which all types of businesses can both survive and thrive.”
Gary Wroe, Chairman of the British Jewellers’ Association, added: “With the unification of both Associations, I am incredibly positive about the Association’s potential.
“Combining the knowledge and expertise from both Associations, I am confident that the NAJ will have an invaluable influence on the jewellery industry, improving brand identity, ensuring the maximum consumer confidence and ultimately creating an Association that our members can be proud of.”
Kate Owen, President of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), commented: “The future looks very positive with the 250 years of combined history and experience of the two associations underpinned by the Federations’ commitment to facilitate this historic moment for the future of the jewellery Industry.”
The undertaking of the legal, commercial and administrative processes will now be put into place and further information on the NAJ will be given as soon as it becomes available.