TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – The UK’s National Association of Jewellers win Best Association/Supplier Partnership with TH March at the TAF Awards

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The UK’s National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and TH March were presented with the Trade Association Forum Award for Best Association and Supplier Partnership in front of a packed audience in London on February 23.

The Trade Association Forum Awards are the leading awards championing the work of UK trade and member associations. The awards acknowledge associations that have delivered for their members and their sector.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS – The UK’s National Association of Jewellers win Best Association/Supplier Partnership with TH March at the TAF Awards

The Best Association/Supplier Partnership award is a recognition of years of close collaboration between the two organisations, specifically the development of the SaferGems initiative, administered by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) since 2009. SaferGems is a vital specialist crime prevention initiative aiming to decrease crime, increase security, and prevent harm caused by crime.

Ben Massey, Principal Officer of the NAJ, said: “Together, we can do so much, and this award gives TH March, the National Association of Jewellers and The British Security Industry Association a huge sense of validation that the trajectory we’re on with SaferGems and our partnership is a good one.

“The SaferGems initiative has become an invaluable tool for our retail members and continues to grow in importance and effectiveness. Thank you to TAF for recognising this hard work and the importance of essential partnerships in the role of trade associations.”

Simon Dawe, TH March Managing Director, said: “This is a fantastic result recognising the hard work and achievements of a much-valued partnership and important initiative against jewellery-related crime. The scheme has been successful in tracking down criminals, securing convictions and helping in the fight against crime.”

SaferGems is a single point of contact for the jewellery industry to report details of suspicious activity. Ingrained in a national policing and security professionals network, SaferGems bridges industry and law enforcement and receives information and intelligence via multiple sources. With direct contact with all 43 national police forces, SaferGems is uniquely placed to provide a valuable conduit between law enforcement and businesses.

Sarah Staff, Head of SaferGems, said, “We remain committed to our collective goal of reducing crime in our sector, and winning this prestigious award is a fantastic acknowledgement of the myriad benefits of effective collaboration between trade associations and national agencies.

“It is an honour to see our partnership recognised on the national stage, and we thank everyone for their hard work in achieving this accolade.”