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New ethical consultancy launched

New consultancy firm V&V launches to debunk the myth that working responsibly and transparently has to be complicated and costly.    Victoria Waugh, formerly the face behind Fairtrade’s work on gold, has teamed up with supply chain traceability expert Vanessa Brain, to provide tailored consultancy services to jewellery and fashion businesses, in a language that's easy to understand.  Launching ahead of the Fair Luxury conference next week, the duo will work collectively with jewellers and manufacturers to help them understand their footprint on the world and grow  profitable, sustainable businesses.  Services offerred will include support to identify supply chain risks,

Consultancy Engagement, Cockpit Arts

The London Creative Network Programme is an ERDF funded initiative, run by Cockpit Arts, SPACE, Photofusion and Four Corners, with the goal to small creative businesses in the digital image, design, designer making and visual arts sectors to grow. The London Creative Network Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help craft makers to enhance their ability to advance their business – whether through new products and services, or new ways of doing things, or both. This includes support to: · Introduce new-to-the practice product ranges or services, or develop a new unique body of work

Women’s Empowerment in Action, within the Jewellery Supply Chain

The Dragonfly Initiative is a sustainability consultancy that works across the depth of the jewellery supply chain to support the growth and sustainability of emergent jewellery businesses. The consultancy has recently been working with brands which champion female empowerment. Vivien Johnston of The Dragonfly Initiative is an expert in her field regarding jewellery ethics and sustainability as well as having a track record of first hand experience in end to end best practice in jewellery manufacture. A recent client of the consultancy was a female led jewellery brand, Myne London, which had a mandate to source emeralds mined and polished

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium

It's In Our Hands - One Year On, Ethical Making Symposium This Symposium is aimed primarily at jewellers and silversmiths, but is relevant to makers of all disciplines who have an interest in adopting an ethical approach in their practice. Speakers Speakers will include award winning British Fairtrade ethical jeweller and environmental activist, Greg Valerio MBE; jeweller Ute Decker; researcher Dr Peter Oakley; founder of the Precious Metals Workshop, Ian Nicholson; and Jane Barnett and Theodora Panayides of consultancy and social venture, Levin Sources.  Speakers will discuss the importance of implementing an ethical approach and how to face the challenges

David Williams-Bulkeley at Woldstone Gallery

Woldstone Collaborates With Zuleika Gallery To Show The Work Of David Williams-Bulkeley Woldstone, a gallery dedicated to late 20th and 21st century jewellery and silverware is hosting the work of artist David Williams-Bulkeley in collaboration with Oxford’s Zuleika Gallery. Zuleika Gallery is an Oxfordshire based art consultancy and pop-up art gallery. From February until June 2017, Zuleika is popping up at Woldstone in Woodstock, Oxfordshire with an exhibition of Still Life paintings by David Williams-Bulkeley. British-born, Williams-Bulkeley now resides and paints from his studio in Boston, Massachusetts and this is a rare chance to see his remarkable work in the

Benchpeg Awards Judges 2016

Benchpeg is extremely excited to reveal the Judges for the Benchpeg Awards 2016. Each Judge is an expert in their field, which range from fashion markets, art jewellery, commerciality, manufacture, the craft, image making, design, creativity and innovation. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Kate Baxter - The Cut London Kate Baxter is a jewellery designer and founder of fine jewellery blog & consultancy The Cut London. With over 10 years’ experience working within the jewellery industry; as a designer for global brands and as a freelance creative, Kate brought her unique sense of innovation and intuition to launch

Meet The Manufacturer to feature 'Meet The Expert' Sessions

For people thinking about starting up or expanding a business, 'Make it British' will have a team of experts on hand at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, offering one-to-one practical advice and hands-on experience on different aspects of manufacturing and business development. The 'Meet the Expert' team will be on-site to answer questions on the hot topics of sourcing, production, branding and finance.  The Meet the Expert team includes: David Reay, previously Manufacturing and Sourcing Director at J Barbour and Sons. Daliah Simble, previously Production Director at Roland Mouret, set up her own fashion consultancy in 2015. Alison Lewy

Kate Laven

Meet Benchpeg's Contributing Writer Kate Laven. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers   Kate Laven Contributing Writer Kate is a journalist with over 20 years’ extensive experience and has written for an expansive range of titles including the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, the BBC and the Daily Express as well as being a contributing writer for The Times, The Sunday Times and the Guardian. Kate brings her background in  corporate communications, PR, marketing, blogging and media consultancy  to Benchpeg. Kate maintains

Innovative Training For Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing

The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company has announced its latest training course innovation for jewellery designer makers  and jewellery graduates . Dawn Meaden Johnson’s company had created a  link from the handmade to small-scale manufacturing by providing a live mentored project made up of series of mini  bespoke consultancy sessions provided by  collaboration  with jewellery industry specialists based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Dawn said of the new approach to specialist jewellery professional development, “Taking the leap into small scale manufacturing can be a daunting prospect  for jewellery Designer Makers  however this  new course  offers mentored guidance throughout the whole process from design to