Those in the industry are being reminded to cast their vote in Retail Jeweller’s Inspiring Independents 2016 in association with the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ).
Votes, for the most inspiring independent jewellery retailers in the UK and Ireland can be cast in a matter of minutes using an online form which can be accessed by clicking here.
This year Retail Jeweller’s Inspiring Independents 2016 in association with the CMJ has changed its format and, while 100 businesses will still be recognised in the supplement, the event itself will take the form of a sit-down lunch for all of those retailers that make the list.
As in past years, the list will not be chosen by the editorial team. In the first round of voting – open now until August 8 – anyone from the industry, including brands, manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations, retailers and PR companies, can select five independent retailers that they consider to be inspiring.
These independents may be nominated for various reasons. Some may offer phenomenal customer service, while others are brilliant at marketing or selecting the best up-and-coming brands and designers.
CMJ logo 2016
After this initial round of voting, the 100 retailers with the most votes will be presented to a panel of experts comprising representatives from the industry’s leading suppliers. This panel will review the list to ensure that it is a fair representation of businesses from across the industry that are all worthy of a place. They will also then be asked to cast their votes for their top two independents in each of the following regions:
- Scotland and Ireland
- The North
- The Midlands
- The South
- The Southwest and Wales
In addition, the suppliers will also be asked to select from the list the best overall retailer in each of the following categories:
- Branded retailer
- Boutique/Designer retailer
- Business owner
Based on the results of the voting, awards will be given to the winners of the Branded retailer, Boutique/Designer retailer and Business Owner categories. Highly commended awards will be given to a retailer from each region, with the overall retailer with the most votes across all five regions being crowned the most Inspiring Independent.
All results will be revealed and the awards presented at a dedicated lunchtime awards ceremony on Friday, October 14 at the Grange City Hotel in London.
Retail Jeweller is honoured to be hosting the event and associated supplement in association with the CMJ, together with other sponsor partners Pursuit, ChloBo and Coeur de Lion.
Votes can be cast any time from now until July 29 by visitinghttps://ascential.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blxsj7BuyoIrtrf .