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The future’s bright

Following on from the news that Retail Jeweller’s parent company, Ascential Plc, is putting 13 of its magazine titles, including Retail Jeweller, up for sale, Ruth Faulkner explains why this is good news.

In case you missed the memo put out two weeks ago, Retail Jeweller has been put up for sale by our parent company, Ascential Plc, together with 12 other market-leading business-to-business titles, including fashion industry bible Drapers, The Architects’ Journal and Nursing Times, to name just a few.

The reason we didn’t broadcast this news to the industry, at the time, was because materially nothing has changed, nor is it expected to even after a buyer is found.

As subscribers to and readers of Retail Jeweller, your relationship is always first and foremost with Retail Jeweller, and the name and nature of our parent company has little, if any, impact on that relationship.

When a buyer is found, aside from the very obvious changes that might occur to email addresses and perhaps even office location, you won’t see any difference to the market-leading news, content, analysis and events that you have come to expect from Retail Jeweller over the last 92 years.

While there are some who would like you to believe that this process could be the death knell for Retail Jeweller, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

This new chapter is being embraced by all of us here with great excitement, as all of these market-leading titles will be better positioned for future growth under the renewed focus and investment of a new owner. Plus, Retail Jeweller has a lot to look forward to in 2017.

Firstly, let me share with you some great news relating to Emily Mills. For those of you who don’t know Emily (and there can’t be many out there, let’s be honest), she heads up the commercial side of the brand and is responsible for all of our advertising and sponsorship sales.

Emily works tirelessly for all of our clients and, as anyone who has had any dealings with her will attest, she is a professional and valued member of our team. There is no doubt that she has done a phenomenal job in the three years since she has been with Retail Jeweller and, in recognition of all her hard work, I am delighted to announce her promotion to Senior Account Manager as of January 1 this year.

Secondly, in case you hadn’t realised, 2017 sees us celebrate 25 years of the UK Jewellery Awards. It is no mean feat to still be providing the UK jewellery trade with its premier awards event after so many years and, to mark the occasion in style, we will be investing more into the awards this year to ensure all of our guests have a silver anniversary ceremony to remember.

Celebrations will kick off at our forthcoming UK Jewellery Awards shortlist party, being held on February 5, to coincide with Jewellery & Watch.

We are also thrilled to introduce, for the first time this year, our Rising Stars 30 Under 30 networking breakfast, providing the future champions of the industry the chance to meet and network with each other, and share learning and experiences.

I could go on, as we have many more exciting plans besides, as well as continuing to deliver you the very best market-leading content, news, analysis and features.

Someone called me last week to ask me if this sale process meant I would be losing my job. Unfortunately for most of you, but very happily for me, this couldn’t be further from the truth and you will be stuck with me for a while yet.

You are all in the industry of buying and selling beautiful things, and one of the joys of being a jeweller has got to be seeing the joy of the purchaser. We are all very confident that our new owner will be pretty pleased with their purchase too.

Here’s to another sparkling 92 years!

Ruth Faulkner, Editor

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