Retail Jeweller’s Inspiring Independents awards event has officially launched for 2018 and is now open for entries.
The now annual search for the most inspiring independent retail jewellers in the UK and Ireland, in association with the Company of Master Jewellers, will see the 100 businesses that make the list honoured in a dedicated lunchtime awards and networking ceremony held in London on October 4.
Inspiring Indies 2018
In order to find the names of the businesses that will make up this year’s top 100 list, those working in the jewellery and watch industries are asked to cast their votes for their top five most inspiring independent jewellery and watch retailers in the UK and Ireland.
Votes can be cast online in a matter of minutes via a form, which can be accessed here.
As in previous years, the list will not be chosen by the editorial team. In the first round of voting – open now until July 20 – anyone from the industry, including brands, manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations, retailers and PR companies, can select up to 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.
After this initial round of voting, the 100 retailers with the most votes will be presented to a panel of industry experts made up of the trade’s leading suppliers.
This panel will review the list to ensure it is a fair representation of businesses from across the industry that are all worthy of a place.
They will also 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
All results will be revealed, and the awards presented at a dedicated awards event on Thursday October 4 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, Brown & Newirth, Cadfolio, ChloBo, Pursuit, TH March and Wolf.
Votes can be case any time from now until July 20 by visiting https://emap.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7rC5eVqSTIrBYh
For sponsorship opportunities relating to the event, please contact Emily Mills on 020 3953 4520 or Emily.Mills@emap.com