On Friday 14th October, Harriet and I attended the Inspiring Independents awards. The awards lunch was hosted by Retail Jeweller, in association with the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) and celebrated the 100 most Inspiring Independent jewellers in the UK.
We arrived at the beautiful Grange City Hotel in the heart of London to a bustling champagne reception where I had the chance to mix with some of the most inspiring and successful characters from independently run jewellers across the country. The reception was followed by informative introductions and speeches by Ruth Faulkner, editor of Retail Jeweller and Willie Hamilton, Chief Executive of the Company of Master Jewellers. A wonderful ceremony highlighted to everyone why being an independent is such an important achievement in our industry.
The nominated independents were chosen by people in the industry including brands, manufacturers and suppliers so it was an honour to be recognised and celebrated as one of the top 100 Inspiring Independents. I came away from the event feeling so proud of what our team at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery do every day.