NEW SERVICE PROVIDER PAYMENT SENSE

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The Giftware Association is proud to announce new service provider Payment Sense. Established in 2010, they have grown from a small two-person operation into an enterprise with over 250 employees with offices in London, Hull and Belfast.

Their mission is to support small businesses by helping them meet the growing demand to accept card payments. From card machines to online payment gateways and virtual terminals, they provide a range of merchant services to over 60,000 independent businesses across the UK and Ireland.

PAYMENT SENSEFor our members they are offering:

  • Free review of all merchant services costs on sight of a recent merchant statement
  • Guaranteed savings on your current supplier
  • Rock bottom rates for Giftware Association members
  • Half Price terminal for the first 12 months
  • Cancellation fees with your current provider paid by us (effectively buying you out of the contract)
  • We are 8 or 9 out of 10 on all major review sites for service and have 70,000 happy customers.

If you would like to find out more, then get in touch with simone.rose@ga-uk.org

 

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FREE WEBINAR ON RESPONSIBLE SOURCING OF JEWELLERY

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Learn more about Responsible Sourcing and RJCWednesday

Last month UL and the Giftware Association  produced a webinar for with an overview on Responsible Sourcing with a focus on the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). You can now view the webinar here.

View Webinar – UL CRS WEBSITE

During this complimentary webinarUL will provided context and background as to how they support their clients and our work within the global jewellery industry with a basic overview of jewellery supply chains, specifically a diamond and gold product and move into responsible sourcing history, timeline and current landscape. UL will introduce the Responsible Jewellery Council, what to expect and how to prepare for a third party assessment. Attend this webinar to:

  • Understanding the landscape of Responsible Sourcing through global Jewellery standards
  • Mapping out the roadmap for responsible sourcing practices within the Company
  • Knowing the 5 steps process to approach the audit

Your Speakers:

  • Ainsley Butler
    Responsible Sourcing Program Manager – UL & Co-Chair, Standards Committee,and Member, Executive Committee – RJC
  • Francesca Angeloni
    Business Development Manager, Jewellery and Watch – UL

 

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SHREE JEWELLERY

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UK Luxury bracelet and wristwear specialists, Shree Jewellery slipped silently, but very effectively, into the market recently offering a unique range that stands out from the crowd and differentiates itself from others with an abundance of passion, care and dedication that is invested into each piece. These pieces are adorned and embellished with natural gemstones, talismans from around the world and are put together with one goal in mind – Well-Being.

From concept to design the pieces are all made in the UK, and available in a selection of materials including White Gold, Rose gold and gunmetal and a selection of semi-precious gemstones including sapphires and amethysts to create a beautifully unique piece of jewellery that will make the wearer feel good and stand out in the already existing jewellery market.

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Speaking to Krupa the creative and company director of Shree Jewellery, she is on a mission to educate the end consumer on the positive impact of her jewellery, she explains “Our bracelets are made from a variety of semi-precious gemstones enhanced with popular sterling silver charms. Each of the bracelets are symbolic and all come with a meaning” The charms are from all over the world with the Evil Eye from Turkey, the clover leaf from Ireland and the hand of Hamsa from Egypt, meaning there is a piece for everyone, and with well being and mindfulness being ever present into todays busy lifestyles, Shree Jewellery wants you to take a step back and embrace these properties that the charms offer. A great deal of thought goes into each design and the selection of which stones and talismans are paired together. There is no randomness involved here, but precision and focus on the best combination to maximise the positive energy that the wearer will receive.

One of our goals is to offer that something special that people are looking for in life, that something extra for luck, positive energy, protection and strength – all the things that reinforce a positive mental health for our customers.

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It is clear that with each handmade bracelet, a lot of love, care and attention is put into the process, resulting in a truly special piece of jewellery that will impress the wearer, whether as a gift from a loved one or a present to treat yourself. Each piece is unique and not mass produced, as so much of today’s jewellery is.  Krupa says “We do not mass produce in factories, Our full range is hand-made, todays customers want a product that reflects the time, care and attention spent in putting the pieces together. Our products are not just carefully crafted, they are put together with immense love. The end product is a result of the priceless value we have for our traditions, cultures and craft.

Each product is then finished off with the signature Shree bead, which represents good luck, wealth and an abundance of good things and prosperity to the wearer.

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With each bracelet its evident that that Shree Jewellery wants the wearer to think more about the brand, with consumers being offered a fresh choice in luxury buying but with mid-range spending, and not just to choose any off the shelf piece of jewellery found on the high street but a specialist item that will mean something different to each wearer but at its heart will be the projected good vibes from each of the makers.

Shree Jewellery are actively looking for brand stockist partners, and will be available to retailers August 2018, to get in touch contact Krupa on skbeads22@gmail.com.

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AGORA JEWELLERY – A SHINING EXAMPLE

 

                      

With competition growing rapidly and consumer habits changing in the jewellery industry, as well as the whole of the home and gift sector, many businesses are looking for their hidden strengths, along with their obvious creativity to promote themselves. Many realise there is a strong moral case to try and have a beneficial impact on society, and sometimes it takes micro businesses and smaller companies like Agora Jewellery to lead the charge in setting an example in social responsibility and Fair Trade ethos.

I recently spoke to Adriana, founder and designer of Agora Jewellery, whose beautiful limited edition designs incorporate age-old techniques such as filigree that are all hand finished and additionally ensure that the production gives back to the community with Adriana stating “Agora Jewellery is fully committed to the ethos of Fair Trade. We are directly and proactively involved in helping our Latin American partners to fully implement Fair Trade standards throughout the supply chain. By buying a piece of Agora jewellery you will not only acquire a beautiful, unique piece of jewellery or keepsake, but you will also be improving the lives of these artisans”.

 

 

 

Fair Trade and Social responsibility can provide a competitive edge for smaller companies, such as Agora, as consumer choice increasingly takes ethical considerations into account. But that is not the only unique differentiator for Agora Jewellery.

Agora Jewellery incorporates all of Adriana’s experience and intricate and unique designs. She has a background in jewellery design and  wants to give something back to her native Colombia as well as empowering women with her designs. Having set up Agora Jewellery Adriana started designing and producing her pieces in small runs and if they are popular she increases their range.  Designed in the UK by Adriana herself, they are then sent overseas to be made using the specific regional skills from South America. Adriana explains “Filigree is an ancient jewellery-making technique originating from Spain and Italy. It arrived in Colombia during the period of Spanish colonisation in the early 16th century, when Spanish jewellers taught the indigenous Colombians this special craft.  The intricate process involves hand threading delicate threads of silver in endless circles, which can then be adorned with semi-precious jewellery the work is very intensive and precise.”

Adriana finds her inspiration from the fashion trends across Europe, researching at trade shows and fashion-forward events, and makes her pieces in gold, silver and rose gold with pieces typically taking a month to produce from inspiration and design creation through to the finished product being in your hand, which shows the dedication, passion and sheer hard work by Agora Jewellery.

When it comes to marketing, Agora jewellery sells predominantly through their website, affiliates and small boutiques, with Adriana’s personalised approach involving visiting boutiques and shops and showcasing her jewellery so it can be seen and felt so the buyers can see the quality of the product.  Adriana says “In a changing world of buying habits, more competition and where people are happy to buy online without seeing the actual pieces of jewellery, it’s become harder to get product to market”.  It’s clear from her passion and innovative designs that she means business and the goals for the future feature a bricks and mortar store and focusing on the whole customer experience. She truly believes personalisation is key in our industry with the next generations valuing experiences more and the passion behind the product.

Adriana is very proactive on social platforms to promote her products and has had great success on Instagram and Facebook by targeting fashion bloggers, key social influencers and women in business. She has also been featured in Tatler magazine, Bridesmaid’s magazine and more. Though, through all this success to date there come further challenges, with buyers being more discerning, an increase in competition, with a focus on core values of personalisation, a unique product and exclusivity Adriana is confident that, through continued hard work and passion for her product, this success will continue.  Agora Jewellery will take part at SCOOP International Fashion show presenting the new collections. –  Saatchi Gallery Chelsea London Sunday July 22nd – Tuesday 24th 2018.

TO FIND OUT MORE AND VIEW HER BEAUTIFUL PIECES VISIT – https://www.agora-jewellery.co.uk/

 

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INDUSTRY DINNER BY CANDLELIGHT AT GOLDSMITHS HALL

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On the evening of the 14th June, The Benevolent Society had exclusive use of Goldsmiths’ Hall to host their annual charity Sponsors’ and Supporters’ Dinner, preceded by both the NAJ and BATF AGM’s.

The newly appointed Benevolent Society Chairman, Simon Dawe of T H March, spoke at the BATF’s AGM and gave an overview of the charity’s activities over the previous year. This included paying out over £44,000 in grants to help those people who have previously worked in the industries represented by the BATF and who have now fallen on hard times.

Simon commented that the Benevolent Society had also awarded over £25,000 in the last 12 months and nearly £75,000 since 2016 in bursaries to enhance the careers of individuals who were just beginning to work within the Industries that the BATF represents.

Simon was quick to observe that without the generous help of their sponsors and supporters The Benevolent Society wouldn’t be able to offer such vital financial assistance to these individuals and the Trustees were therefore truly grateful to all of these Companies and individuals.

After the AGM guests then went through to a Drinks Reception before then enjoying an evening of fabulous food and wonderful wines within the magnificent surroundings of the Livery Hall, which at times was lit only by candlelight.

As a thank you for their continued contributions, sponsors and supporters of the charity and members of the British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) had been able to purchase heavily subsidised tickets for the Candlelit Dinner – thanks to the generosity of the Directors of the BATF and the Wardens of Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Guests were serenaded throughout the evening by a violinist playing a range of classic and contemporary music.

The evenings headline sponsor was The Giftware Association, with Hockley Mint, Charles Green & Son, Facets PR and Jeweller Solutions also sponsoring the evening too.

The prestigious and historical Goldsmiths’ Hall provided the perfect setting for the evening. For many of the guests this was a unique and memorable opportunity to experience the splendour of the Livery Hall, lit up only by candle light. Quite a mesmerising sight!

David Doyle, the Society’s Vice Chairman & Treasurer, began the evenings proceedings by asking the guests to stand for a one-minute silence as a mark of respect for those families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire exactly one year ago to the day. He then went on to thank the Sponsors of the evenings event and was also delighted to publicly thank both Laura Banner & Gill Price of the BATF for all of their efforts with helping him to organise the event. Sir David Reddaway, the Clerk & CEO of The Goldsmiths Company, was asked to say the Grace before Dinner.
A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all, bringing together the industries supported by the trade associations of the BATF with guests commenting that they were ‘awestruck’ by the surroundings and that they had enjoyed a ‘fantastic time’.
 

The Benevolent Society, charitable society of the British Allied Trades Federation financially assists individuals that have worked within the giftware, jewellery, surface engineering, travel goods and fashion accessories industries. Registered Charity number 208722.

The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF) is a company limited by guarantee which comprises five trade associations. Together these represent approximately 2,500 enterprises from the jewellery, giftware, surface engineering and travel goods and accessories industry sectors. Collectively BATF members employ an estimated 46,000 people and produce annual sales worth in the region of £22 billion.

Contact:

Laura Banner, Secretary, The Benevolent Society, 07985611209 laura.b.banner@gmail.com

 

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