The entry deadline for the 25th annual UK Jewellery Awards 2017 (UKJA) has been extended due to a flurry of entries for the new-and-improved categories.
Retailers and suppliers putting the finishing touches to their applications can now breathe a sigh of relief, as the deadline has been extended for another seven days.
The entry deadline is now officially EOP Friday 27 January, with absolutely no exceptions to the rule.
Applicants are able to submit entries in 14 categories via a form on the UKJA website.
This year’s 25th anniversary event, which has already seen a record number of entries received, takes place on June 29, 2017 and is held in conjunction with headline partner Clogau.
Often dubbed ‘the jewellery industry Oscars’, the UKJA marks the biggest night in the UK jewellery trade’s calendar and is the only event of its kind for the industry, judged by the industry, with a panel of 32 independent judges selected for their expertise from across the jewellery and watch trade.
The awards, which attract in excess of 700 guests each year, recognise excellence across all disciplines in the jewellery and watch business, including retail, design, brands, manufacture and supply.
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There are two new categories introduced for the 2017 event to recognise excellence in retail sales and marketing respectively.
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.
Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner explained: “The UK Jewellery Awards really are the premier event of the entire UK jewellery industry and winning such an accolade is one of the highest honours any business can receive.
“The awards are independently judged by a select panel of industry experts, who between them have vast experience of all aspects of the jewellery trade, and so anyone who wins one does so in the knowledge that they are the absolute best at what they do.
“Also in 2017 we mark 25 years of the event. This is a huge milestone for us and we look forward to celebrating with everyone at the ceremony in June.”
Those companies who make the awards’ shortlist, ahead of the event in June, will be revealed at a party being held in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter on Sunday, February 5, to coincide with trade show Jewellery & Watch. This will be a free-to-attend event and more details on how to obtain tickets can be found here.