The silver anniversary edition of the UK Jewellery Awards (UKJA) in association with Clogau, which are set to take place on next year, have already received an unprecedented number of entries despite only launching just six weeks ago.
The awards, which will mark 25 years in 2017 as the UK jewellery and watch industry’s premier event, officially launched for entries on October 14 and, to date, a record number of companies spanning all areas of the trade have applied in the 15 enterable categories, leading to 38% uplift in entries received compared to this time last year.
For those who are yet to enter, applications will remain open until January 20 and can be completed via https://awards.retail-jeweller.com/.
Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner said: “We have, quite simply, been blown away by the number and quality of entries we have received to date, proving just how much businesses in this industry really value winning one of these prestigious awards.
“Shortlisting doesn’t begin until after the closing date and, so for those who are yet to complete their application form, there is still plenty of time to apply and ensure you are in with a chance of winning.”
Those companies that make the shortlist will be unveiled at a dedicated shortlist event which will take place on Sunday February 5 in Birmingham, to coincide with trade event Jewellery & Watch.
The UKJA shortlist party in association with Clogau will be held at Saint Paul’s House in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter at the end of the first day of the trade show.
Full details regarding how to obtain tickets for this free event will be unveiled in due course but there will be up to 300 places available for companies which make the shortlist together with brands, retailers and suppliers who will be attending Jewellery & Watch.
Often dubbed ‘the jewellery industry Oscars’ the UKJAs recognise excellence across all disciplines in the jewellery and watch business including retail, design, brands, manufacture and supply and the event, which will take place on June 29, 2017, marks the biggest night in the UK jewellery trade’s calendar as the only ceremony of its kind for the industry, judged by the industry.
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A further four non-enterable categories which include Jewellery Brand of the Year, Watch Brand of the Year, Fine Jewellery Brand of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Industry will be shortlisted by editorial team nomination, with the brand categories then subject to a consumer vote to determine the eventual winner.
Retail Jeweller is delighted to once again welcome back jewellery brand Clogau as headline partner for this prestigious event in addition to other sponsors Citizen, International Jewellery London, Jewellery & Watch, TH March and WB The Creative Jewellery Group.
For more information on the UKJA please visit the website by clicking here.
The 2017 UKJA will take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane on June 29. To take advantage of special early bird offers on tickets and tables please contact Felipe Ramirez on 0203 033 4342 or Felipe.Ramirez@emap.com.
For sponsorship enquiries relating to the event please contact Emily Mills on 0207 391 4520 or Emily.Mills@emap.com .