Jet Business Network Congress 2019

The JBN Annual Oxford Congress brings together all the regional networking groups to hear inspiring and useful external speakers, as well as take part in activities to share knowledge, expertise and experiences.


Planning for the Future

Are you planning for the future, or waiting for it to happen?

This year’s theme was chosen by the JBN members and will address a host of related topics they believe will shape the future of their businesses, from store investment to social media, family dynamics, digitalisation, succession planning, consumer choice and even exit strategies.

Have you identified the talent required to fill your shoes and positions critical to the business?

Less than half of UK small and medium family businesses have some form of succession plan in place, according to recent research by Legal & General – which half are you in?


JBN Congress

The JBN Annual Oxford Congress brings together all the regional networking groups to hear inspiring and useful external speakers, as well as providing a priceless opportunity to share knowledge, expertise and experiences.

“Great Day & lots of things to take back to our business & hopefully implement. David Glenwright was awesome!”

If you missed him last year, David is back by popular demand to speak on 'Diamond-coated Facebook - what's next for the platform being hammered with controversy'

 Congress is a unique opportunity to sample the JBN to see if its right for you and understand why the network's members identify the group as the most valuable member benefit.

"When I first joined the JBN I thought that to commit to almost £1000 for the joining fee is a large amount. What is the return on that going to be? I recouped that soon after my first meeting from the tips that I received by discussing with other members what had worked for them to increase their sales. Joining the JBN has been worth every penny and I would recommend that to anyone who is unsure of joining."

Jaysal Pattni - Minar Jewllers



Ian Cookson, MD PA Jewellery 

Managing succession through employee ownership

Employee ownership covers a range of different models. Employees can own a small majority of the business or the entire thing. Ownership can be direct, where employees personally hold variable amounts of shares, as well as indirect, where the shares are held on behalf of the employees by an employee ownership trust.

Since October 2018 PA Jewellery has been majority employee owned, joining a growing number of similarly owned companies in the UK, ranging in size from just a handful of people through to the highly respected John Lewis.

As Managing Director of the award-winning independent PA Jewellery, Ian Cookson recently saw the company he heads become the first jewellery retailer to manage succession using an Employee Ownership Trust.  Ian will be sharing with Congress his experiences of transitioning to this increasingly popular ownership model.

Ian's career path was set at an early age when he declared age 12 that he was going to be a gemmologist. On leaving school he immediately started studying for the Gem-A (then Gemmological Association of Great Britain) diploma in gemmology, becoming the youngest Fellow of the Gemmological Association age 18, never did he envisaged that 25 years later he’d be MD of a Jewellery business held in an employee ownership trust.


David Glenwright, Head of Training Services JC Social Media

Diamond-coated Facebook - what's next for the platform being hammered with controversy

In March 2018, a whistleblower stepped forward with story regarding how a company had been using personal information from Facebook without consent, to inform and influence political campaigns. In a matter of days, over $100 Billion was wiped from Facebook’s share price.

The year that followed was filled with hearings, investigations, and a steady stream of bad press. From fake news, to political bias, to the publication of content endorsing self-harm, Facebook has been fighting fire after fire.

So what happens next? Does this mark the beginning of the end for Facebook? Is now the time for businesses to start looking at other marketing channels and opportunities? Or can the platform weather the storm and come back stronger than ever? Changes are already coming, the only questions are what are they, and how can businesses best prepare for them?

This session will be delivered by David Glenwright from award-winning social media agency JC Social Media. One of only a handful of trainers in the UK accredited by Facebook as part of their ‘She Means Business’ programme, David works with businesses of all shapes and sizes, helping them to get the most out of social media to increase revenue and engage with customers."


Elizabeth Bagger, Director General Institute for Family Business

What next for our family business?

In this session we will explore what helps and hinders successful succession plans, what family business owners may want to think about and what questions they may not yet have asked themselves or given themselves enough time to explore. The session will be interactive with a chance to work with others to explore and develop new ideas to take home.

Elizabeth Bagger is the Director General for the Institute for Family Business and a passionate advocate for family business. She has been with the Institute for 10 years and serves on the Board of her own family business where she worked for over 8 years.

IFB is a membership organisation who champions and supports the family business sector and individual family enterprises across the UK.

Family Businesses make a huge contribution to our economy and society, the people who work for them and the families who own them. They have their own unique set of complexities, challenges and ways working which the IFB is here to support and promote.


Lauren Christina, Whitehouse

The Ultimate Sale

There are many reasons that jewellery businesses consider a closing down sale or a promotional sale; it may be that the business is no longer profitable, there might be a retirement, an end of lease, a refurbishment, a relocation or simply a change of direction.

There are independent jewellers who have continued to trade in this ever-changing climate and have reached a stage in their lives where they wish to either exit or reinvent their business and are unsure as to the most financially beneficial means of doing this.

Whitehouse is a dedicated creative and marketing agency that has worked with a number of JBN retailers, who have benefited from their extensive jewellery industry experience.

Lauren Christina and Karl Massey of Whitehouse will share an overview of their successful approach to closing down sales, short sales, promotions, marketing consultancy, and take your questions throughout this interactive session.


Chana Baram

The jewellery market - challenges and opportunities

Chana's session will discuss the consumer findings from the Jewellery & Watches report which was published in 2018 and how they can be put into practice, interesting launches and innovations that have cropped up since then, and learnings that can be made from other sectors within the fashion industry.

Chana joined Mintel as an analyst in 2017, writing reports for the retail sector, including the annual Jewellery & Watches report. Chana previously worked as a Category Analyst at market research company Kantar Worldpanel, looking after a portfolio of clients, working with fashion retail data and delivering presentations to clients. Prior to that, she worked in the fashion industry for luxury brands as well as for an ethical fashion startup. She has a BSc (Hons) in International Fashion Management from University of the Arts, London.


Chris Roberts, Code Investing

Unlocking growth capital without going to a high street bank

The provision of unsecured loans by institutional lenders through Alternative Finance Platforms (AFPs) is set to reshape the business finance landscape. For British SMEs in particular, this promises to make obtaining growth capital a swift and painless process – with no personal guarantees.

Chris spent 13 years with a high street Bank institution, covering a variety of roles from Retail, Private Banking, Business Banking, Real Estate Finance, Credit, Distressed/Stressed Debt Management and latterly Leverage/Structured Finance, to the present Head of Transactions role for Code.

Most of his spare time is spent with his wife Sarah looking after their three young children (6,5,3.5), otherwise Chris can be found cycling (indoor - Zwift /outdoor), skiing, taking part in general endurance events/challenges and networking (a lot).


Date and Location

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Networking dinner open to all on Monday June 10 at 19.30

09.00 registration to begin at 09.30 sharp, closing at 16.30


Venue & Accomodation         

De Vere Oxford Thames,
Sandford on Thames,
0X4 4GX

JBN have secured preferential rates until 30 April 2019.

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast package £199 + VAT single / £233 double + VAT

Please book your room directly with the hotel on 01865 334444 and quote 'NAJ' to receive this exclusive deal.



NAJ Members £225 + VAT

Non NAJ Members £250 + VAT


More information

Network facilitator, Michael Donaldson is contactable to understand more about how the JBN operates, and what is scheduled for the 11th Annual Congress.

07817 305 122


Sandra Page

Phone: 029 2081 3615