The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) together with the British Jewellery and Giftware Federation Benevolent Society today (June 14) announced the creation of the Fuller Foundation, a legacy trust set-up to mark the retirement of industry veteran Patrick Fuller from the Association.
The Foundation, developed in conjunction with the Benevolent Society, and formulated by both Patrick and his wife Vivian, aims to support management training, learning and development for owners and business managers who want to progress further in the UK’s jewellery industry.
It differs from other schemes or bursaries currently available in the trade because it isn’t designed to offer entry-level support but, instead, aims to help the next generation of leaders get to the next level in their careers.
Speaking at the Association’s AGM, NAJ chair Simon Johnson explained: “This concept presents an ideal and unique opportunity to create a lasting legacy that supports training, education and personal improvement for the future leaders, the hidden gems` and the learners that need support to get to the next level.
“We haven’t got absolute details yet, but I can state here today for the record that by the end of 2018 we will have funds available in the UK to support the training and development of the next generation of jewellery business Owners, Managers and Leaders.”
Chair of the Benevolent Society, Simon Dawe, added: “Patrick and Vivian’s idea of using the Foundation to support and fund managers and business owners who want to take their education and business qualifications to the next level, by way of a degree or masters degree, was an excellent one that was very well received by all the Trustees.
“We are still working on the fine detail but hope to move forward quite quickly now that it’s all been formally announced.”
Patrick Fuller together with his wife Vivian were the owners of WB – The Creative Jewellery Group, the parent company of Domino, Gecko and Weston Beamor, up until its sale to the German-based Heimerle + Meule Group earlier this year.
The pair have been extremely active in the trade throughout their careers and Patrick held the position of president of the NAJ until today’s AGM when it was announced that he will be succeeded by David Doyle.