Stuart Laing, executive chairman of Laings and founder of the Houlden Group is to be awarded with an OBE in the Queen’s Honours List for his services to the UK jewellery industry.
Laing, who joined the family business in 1970, was instrumental in the success of Laings, opening new showrooms in the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow. Over the years, his knowledge, expertise and business acumen helped the retailer to grow into the business it is today.
Today, Laings is one of the largest independent jewellery businesses operating seven stores across the UK, three stores in Glasgow, two in Edinburgh, one in Cardiff and one in Southampton.
Alongside his role at the independent jewellers, he made impact in the trade by founding the buying consortium Houlden Group, which is one of the top retail buying groups in the UK and Ireland. He is also created with the ‘Jewellers of Excellence’ brand, which is a hallmark of trust within the trade.
He has been involved in all aspects of the industry working as the UK director of watch trade show, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and advisor to Couture Europe. Furthermore, Laing was a board member of the International Jewellery London as well as a council member of the National Association of Jewellers. Laing retired from Houlden in July 2016 but remains active in his role at Laings.
Commenting on the award, Stuart Laing said: “Strengthening and creating a strong, independent retail sector and giving the UK industry a global identity has been extremely rewarding.”