Independent retailer Allum & Sidaway, supplier WB - The Creative Jewellery Group and jewellery brand Swarovski were all big winners at this evening’s 25th anniversary edition of the UK Jewellery Awards in association with Clogau, which is taking place at the Hilton Park Lane tonight (June 29).
Walking away with two gongs, Dorset-based Allum & Sidaway picked up the award for Best Store Environment for its new Sailsbury store as well as the coveted Retailer of the Year (five stores or fewer) accolade.
Also scooping two awards, WB – The Creative Jewellery Group was recognised for its ethical credentials in the Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year category as well as taking home the Supplier of the Year award for its fine jewellery business, Domino.
Elsewhere, global jewellery giant Swarovski picked up the Jewellery Brand of the Year award, which was this year decided by a consumer poll. Also decided by consumer vote, the Watch Brand of the Year and Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year awards went to Seiko and Georg Jensen respectively.
Breaking the mould in the Retailer of the Year (six stores or more) category, Clogau were victorious, making the Welsh jewellery business the first mono-brand boutique to ever win the prestigious accolade, seeing off stiff competition from many multi-brand retailers with a near-perfect mystery shop report.
Also big winners this evening, multiple retailer Beaverbrooks walked away with the Employer of the Year award in addition to the businesses’ chairman Mark Adlestone receiving the evening’s highest honour in the form of the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award.
Adlestone was given this important accolade in recognition of all he has done for his business, the jewellery industry and the wider community through his charitable efforts.
Two new awards this year – Marketing Campaign of the Year and Retail Sales Star – were both well entered and went to Drakes Jewellers for its #JustBecause campaign and Gemma Clive from Pressleys respectively.
A full list of this evening’s winners is detailed below and the event, which is currently still taking place at the Hilton Park Lane, saw over 670 guests in attendance.
Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner said: “This evening’s 25th anniversary edition of the industry’s leading awards event has been nothing short of phenomenal so far.
“We have had a record number of guests and sponsors at tonight’s event and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has attended to support the achievements of friends, colleagues and, more importantly, the industry.
“Congratulations to all of our very worthy winners and, as the bar is open until 3am, I am sure there will be plenty more celebrating to come this evening.”
All of the images from the UK Jewellery Awards will be available on Retail-Jeweller.com from Monday.
The 2017 UK Jewellery Awards Winners
Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Hockley Mint
Winner: Alexis Dove
New Designer of the Year Sponsored by International Jewellery London
Winner: Susi Smither, The Rock Hound
Watch Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Citizen Watch UK
Highly commended: Watchfinder & Co
Winner: Ray & Scott
Brand to Watch Sponsored by Facets PR
Winner: Mantra Jewellery
Ethical Jewellery Business of the Year
Winner: WB The Creative Jewellery Group
Best Store Environment Sponsored by the Company of Master Jewellers
Highly commended: Daniella Draper
Winner: Allum & Sidaway
Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year Sponsored by Jewellery & Watch
Winner: Georg Jensen
Etailer of the Year Sponsored by Pursuit
Bridal Collection of the Year Sponsored by Presman Mastermelt
Winner: Furrer Jacot
Jewellery Designer of the Year Sponsored by WB The Creative Jewellery Group
Highly commended: Alex Monroe
Winner: Alexander Davis
Employer of the Year
Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by Bransom
Winner: #justbecause, Drakes
Watch Brand of the Year
Retail Sales Star Sponsored by Uno de 50
Winner: Gemma Clive, Pressleys
Supplier of the Year
Retailer of the Year (five stores or fewer) Sponsored by TH March
Highly commended: Wongs Jewellers
Winner: Allum & Sidaway
Retailer of the Year (six stores or more) Sponsored by Bulova
Jewellery Brand of the Year Sponsored by Amazon Fashion
Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Sponsored by Clogau
Winner: Mark Adlestone, Beaverbrooks