NAJ Summit

NAJ Summit will be held at the Staverton Park Estate, Northampton on Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th and Monday 21st June 2021.

The Summit is home to the popular Retail Jewellers' Congress (hosted by the JET Business Network), long standing 3-day Valuers' Conference (hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers), SecurityWise, Better Business and Created in the UK seminars.

A Valuers' Dinner takes place on the Saturday evening and a Gala dinner for all attendees at the weekend takes place on the Sunday evening.

 

The Summit will reflect the range of communities that make up this wonderful industry to both learn from one another and network together. The NAJ membership is made up of Retailers, Valuers, Designers, Manufacturers and Suppliers, all of which play a crucial role in making our industry fit for the future, and we’ve found time and time again when we get together, good things happen.

NAJ Vice Chair Harriet Kelsall

About

The Summit encapsulates 5 events across 1 weekend, aimed to bring the NAJ membership together to network and learn, in relaxed and comfortable surroundings.

Existing popular events which take place include the Retail Jewellers’ Congress hosted by the JET Business Network, the 3-day Valuers Conference hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers and SecurityWise, a reshaped format of the former Security and Technology showcase. New events include Created in the UK; a seminar aimed at exploring creativity in the UK as well as celebrating British Jeweller Manufacturing, and a series of Better Business seminars addressing useful and practical topics under the NAJ Better Business Toolbox; people, planning, sales and marketing, product, money and operations.

Attendees are free to move from one event to the other, enabling you to set your own programme over your stay at the Summit. However, if you wish to attend any of the Valuers' Conference Workshop sessions, these must be booked in advance.

 The events:

Valuers' Conference, hosted by the IRV | 19th, 20th and 21st June

NAJ - Summit 2020 logo - IRV horizAlthough geared towards jewellery valuers, this conference is one of the few events in the UK that endeavours to appeal to all sectors of the trade. This event offers something for everyone involved in valuing/selling jewellery, silver, watches, gemstones, etc., not only from the UK and Ireland, but also the rest of the world.

Audience: Valuers (but relevant for Retailers, Suppliers and Designers).

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Speakers: Valuers Conference

Welcome to the auction room… how your auctioneer can add value to your business and keep you in the loupe
Richard Winterton, Director, Richard Winterton Auctioneers

Forensic Jewellery
Dr Maria MacLennan, Edinburgh College of Art

Pricing Coloured Gemstones
Richard Drucker, Director, Gemguide

Cultured Pearl Grading & Pricing
Cidgem Lule, Founder, Kybele LLC

The Mourning Jewel
Hayden Peters, The Art of Mourning

Methods of Manufacturing: Comparing Cast with Handmade (1), Post-loss Assessment (1)
Barry Sullivan, Director, Jewellery Advisory Services and Chair of the NAJ PTS and Valuations Steering Committees

 

 

Retail Jewellers' Congress, hosted by the JBN | 21st June

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Theme: Grow your People Grow your Business

This year’s theme “Grow your People, Grow your Business", came from a JBN members' poll on their 2020 challenges: #1 with 37% of the vote was People and #2 with 31% was Digital.  Congress now in its 12th year, is open to all, you don’t have to be a JBN member to attend and it’s a great way to see, hear and experience what the Jet Business Network is all about -  by retail jewellers, for retail jewellers!

Audience: Retailers

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Speakers; Grow your People Grow your Business

Turn your Social Media activity into actions that deliver results
Polly Barnfield, Maybe*

The Future of Hallmarking Post Brexit
Doug Henry, Birmingham Assay Office

The Jewellery Market - Challenges & Opportunities
Chana Baram, Mintel

The 5 voices of power in your business
Russell Soden, Russell Soden Consulting

My Retail Story
Emma Haywood, New Look

More speakers to be announced.

 

Better Business | 20th and 21st June

NAJ - Summit 2020 logo - BB horizThe NAJ's Better Business benefit promotes profitable, responsible and sustainable business practices for small and medium-scale enterprises within the jewellery industry. The idea behind Better Business is to support you, your business and your employees become aware of new ideas and actions to do 'better business'.

Audience: All (session specific)

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Speakers: Keynote

Audience: All 

State of the Nation; consumer, retailer and trade insight 
Marion Wilson, Consultant

Speakers: People and planning.

Audience: Operations and Store Managers in Suppliers and Retailers

Case study; Incentivising your team, rewarding success and improving retention
Cheryl Thallon, Managing Director. Veridian Nutrition

Workplace wellbeing; mental, physical and cultural
Rebecca Day, Managing Director, Rebecca Day Consultant

Apprenticeships in the Jewellery Industry
Marie Garnett, Head of Education, NAJ with representatives from Interlearn and Babington. 

Planning - It’s only as good as your People
Michael Donaldson - The Value Innovator

Speakers: Sales and Marketing

Audience: Marketing and Managing Director roles in Suppliers, Manufacturers and Designers

The Art of Storytelling in the Jewellery industry
Sarah Jordan, Founder, The William Agency

Long live events! How to get the most out of trade, networking and VIP events
Andrew Martyniuk and Rachael Taylor, The Jewellery Cut

Influencers and brand promotion in luxury industries
Gordon Glenister, Global Head of Influencer Marketing, BCMA

Using Social Media to appeal to end consumers, and build credibility amongst retailers
Kristian Downer, Dow Social

Making the most of your Profile with The NAJ
Ben Massey, Director of Marketing, NAJ

The Power of Video Production; what to do and how to do it
Laura Watkins, Head of Client Services, We Believe Media

Join the e-Volution, 'Word(press) up and shopify till you drop. Web ecommerce success stories
Amad Tababa, Digital Director, Champions UK

Speakers: Product and Procurement

Audience: Senior roles in Suppliers and Designers

Materials Insight; What's the outlook like for precious metals and gemstone markets
David Brough, Founder, Jewellery Outlook with:

  • Harriet Kelsall, Founder, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery
  • Jayant Raniga, Owner, Pure Jewels

Application of Luxury Brand to Jewellery Products
David Kellie, Chief Executive, Diamond Producers Association

Speakers: Money and Operations

Audience: Senior roles in Suppliers and Designers

Circularity in the Jewellery Industry

Guest host with:

Estelle Levin-Nally, Levin Sources
Catherine Osbourne, Hatton and Spencer

Importing and Exporting Mythbusting
Representative, Loomis International

The impact of efficient merchant services
TBC

 

 

Created in the UK | 20th June 

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This 'Creativity in the UK' seminar will host a panel discussion that sees renowned trend forecaster Paola de Luca talk about creative directions for 2021, and joined by UK designers and manufacturers who describe their own creative journey. 

 

Audience: Manufactuers, Designers and Retailers

Speakers: Creativity in the UK

Creativity in the UK; personal and professional journeys
Belinda Morris Editor, The Jeweller with NAJ panel:

 

Trend Forecasts for 2021 and beyond
Paola De Luca, Consultant, Supported by Vicenenzaoro 

 

SecurityWise | 21st June

NAJ - Summit 2020 logo - SW horizA joint TH March and NAJ campaign aiming to raise awareness, increase knowledge and improve security throughout the jewellery trade to be aware, be knowledgeable, be protected. NAJ, TH March and selected suppliers will provide a sessions which can be applied to keep you safe in business.

Audience: All

Speakers: SecurityWise

Protecting you, your staff and your business

Presentation and panel discussion hosted by TH March

Staying safe in business; the team
Simon Wilson, Founder, StoneHawk

Staying safe in business; the data
Joanna Jones, Director, Blaze Networks

 

The Venue

Surrounded by 150 acres of peaceful parkland the De Vere Staverton Estate is a stylish and contemporary retreat in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, boasting a leisure club, spa and PGA European-tour standard 18-hole golf course on site. The venue also presents itself as convenient to reach, with easy access from the M1, Birmingham Airport and West Coast Mainline, with a journey from London Euston to the venue taking just over 60 minutes.

 open areas at Stevrton

Discounts on check out

To secure your room at the De Vere Staverton Park, please call 01327 220676 to book and quote the NAJ Summit as the event you are attending. Rooms are to be settled on check out and are charged at a preferential rate of £89 per night using a code which you will receive on attendance at the event.

Use of Spa and Golf facilities

Attendees at the Summit are welcome to make use of the onsite facilities including the onsite Beauty salon, Maddison Peach, gym fully equipped with cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, as well as a heated swimming pool, sauna and spa pool. Staverton Park also boasts a mature 18-hole Championship Golf Course, set in 150 acres of parkland, which is discounted to £40 per person for Summit attendees.

bar and coffee lounge at Staverton

 

Supporters and Partners

The following organinsations are proud partners of the NAJ Summit. By supporting the weekend, the below organisations are demonstrating their commitment to the Jewellery trade association and it's aim to bring the membership community together to learn and network, to ensure the Jewellery industry is fit for the future.

 

clarity and successClarity & Success is a global Stock Management & Point-of-Sale software system for Retail Jewellers. It is both user friendly & comprehensive to suit the requirements of all Independent Retail Jewellers. Their customers include members of the NAJ and regularly express their satisfaction and confidence in the system.

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Clogau sponsorClogau is a second generation family business based in Wales. For 30 years, its growing range of jewellery has captured the hearts and imaginations of jewellery lovers from far and wide. Every piece they create contains rare Welsh gold - the Gold of Royalty for over 100 years.

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parifyWhat makes Parify different is that the company have the technological and engineering capability to design and create unique and ground-breaking lighting solutions demanded by clients. An added benefit of products are their low impact on the environment.

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pursuit

From inventory management and barcode scanning, to powerful analytics and reporting, the Pursuit POS system has been developed to provide a smarter all-in-one software solution for retailers.

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Th March summit sponsor In 1887 the eighteen-year-old son of a London Hatton Garden diamond merchant (our founder Tommy March) experienced a ‘eureka’ moment. He realised that the jewellery trade he’d come to know through his Father’s business, was largely uninsured. His idea blossomed to become the UK’s best known firm of jewellery trade specialist insurance brokers (“Famous for Insuring Jewellery”) TH March.

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