TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – More speakers announced for Retail Jewellers’ Congress at the NAJ Summit 2024 in Birmingham


BIRMINGHAM, England – The one-day event, taking place on Monday, June 24, 2024, will explore how jewellery retailers can survive and thrive in a changing retail landscape, encompassed in the theme – Think Different to Be Different.

The NAJ JET Business Network (JBN) has announced two more speakers scheduled to appear at the upcoming Retail Jewellers’ Congress, which will take place at the NAJ Summit 2024 on Monday, June 24, 2024.

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TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – More speakers announced for Retail Jewellers’ Congress at the NAJ Summit 2024 in Birmingham

NearSt co-founder and CEO Nick Brackenbury will explore how to drive local shoppers into your retail store. Today, consumers navigate digital and physical channels seamlessly, expecting a connected and unified shopping experience. In this session, Nick explores how the lines between online and offline retail are merging and takes a deep dive into Boodles’s approach to attracting local shoppers into their stores. 

Jude Jennison, founder of Leaders by Nature, a company developing leaders and aligning teams through disruptive change, will dive into Leading Through Uncertain Times. Discover why emotions run high in uncertainty, why you have more disagreements and how different leadership skills will help you move forward with less stress.

Previously announced speakers at this year’s Retail Jewellers’ Congress include…

A dynamic one-hour innovation session with Nikolas Venios from The Ideas Agency. Discover how to tackle challenges by delving deep into the core of the issue and brace yourself for an electrifying journey as attendees explore cutting-edge problem-solving techniques.

Sales Growth consultant, Jonathan Ratcliff, will deliver a personal presentation on the blind spots of business leadership.

Tax specialist, Nick Latimer, explores the tax issues that need to be considered when trying new things or passing on the family jewels, along with how to take advantage of tax reliefs wherever available.

Michael Donaldson, JBN Facilitator, said:

“I am delighted Nick and Jude have joined this year’s Congress line-up. They will certainly bring challenge and ideas on how to Think Different – to be Different, if retailers are to survive and thrive on the high street.”

What is the Retail Jewellers’ Congress?

The Annual Retail Jewellers’ Congress has been a longstanding and popular event for independent jewellery retailers to come together, network and hear from esteemed speakers on topics and challenges reported by the NAJ’s independent jewellery retailer network – the JBN.

Regular Congress attendee, Cynthia Cartwright, Commercial Director of Wongs Jewellers, said:

“Congress offers inspirational speakers, insightful perspectives and invaluable networking opportunities that can really shape business strategies. It’s a vibrant event with a jam-packed schedule to maximise learning opportunities. If you’re looking to improve your business, then you need to be there.”

What is the NAJ Summit?

The extended weekend, taking place from the 22-24 June 2024 at Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham, will once again feature the Valuers’ Conference hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers and the Retail Jeweller’s Congress hosted by the JET Business Network, creating an unmissable three days of connecting with peers and knowledge-sharing.

NAJ Tickets are priced at day rates, with significant discounts available when booking multiple days or additional tickets.

Receive 20% off the price of a second ticket and 30% off a third ticket when purchasing tickets for multiple staff members.

The day rate includes access to the talks and workshops on your chosen day, plus food and refreshments.

1 day – £245 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £295 + VAT (non-members)

2 days – £360 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £410 + VAT (non-members)

3 days – £455 + VAT (NAJ/IRV members) / £495 + VAT (non-members)