IJL 2016: A Triumphant Success


IJL Success Bodes Well For UK Jewellery Industry Post Brexit

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IJL 2016 has reported that many exhibitors took a record number of orders on the opening day but also the show itself also saw an increase in attendance by senior quality international retailers, buyers and suppliers. This, combined with 167 new exhibitors from across the jewellery and watch sectors and over 500 emerging and established companies from 38 countries, provided a positive vote of confidence in the UK’s jewellery sector post the Brexit referendum.

Sam Willoughby, Event Director, commented on this year's show, “This year’s show exceeded our expectations, with a noticeable increase in international support and many companies experiencing a fantastic opening day. The Diamond Club welcomed even more VIP members this year, with an increase of 5% on last year’s figures, drawn from the top UK and international buyers and retailers. These ranged from Printemps and Galleries Lafayette from France to CONSUL from Russia and Kalyan from the Middle East – all of which helped contribute to the commercial success enjoyed by so many of our exhibitors.

Many of our visitors remarked on the diversity and quality of the jewellery collections on show which, together with the stunning new design talent from home and abroad and the insightful education programme, created an unmissable event. All in all, a very special jewellery experience for both visitors and exhibitors alike and we would like to thank the industry for all their support and help in making IJL 2016 such a truly international success.”

Views from some of the exhibitors...

‘"IJL has enabled us to promote Astley Clarke to a much broader audience, connect with current stores and meet new accounts. We also loved being able to interact with all the excellent, international stores at the show as well. As a first-time exhibitor, we would recommend IJL as a perfect platform for brands to get in front of a great portfolio of retailers.”
Katie Martin, Head of Retail, Astley Clarke.

“What I really liked about IJL this year was the buzz there was at the show and we had a record-breaking opening day. In fact we took the most orders on day one of IJL than at any other trade event we have ever exhibited at! It’s a great place to showcase your brand and meet new and existing customers.”
Matt Finnerty, Director of UK & Ireland, Sif Jakobs Jewellery.

“Each year IJL presents us with a great opportunity and platform from which to launch new products and services to customers new and old. IJL is undoubtedly the premier jewellery exhibition in the UK. It is a great venue, very well organised, and most importantly for us, it attracts a great number of discerning jewellers. This year we exhibited on the Boulevard for the first time. It has been wonderful to experience this level of exposure and the feedback has been simply fantastic!”
Oliver Sutton, Managing Director, Charles Green.

“Truly fantastic event for us! New, established and also international retailers have all delighted in the AG brand. A year after our re-brand at IJL 2015, and it seems that IJL 2016 signifies the real ascension of AG. We’ve experience a large volume of visitors and potential clients at this year’s show and I would definitely recommend IJL as the only show in the UK for the jewellery industry!”
Andrew Geoghegan, Managing Director and Founder, Andrew Geoghegan.

“IJL is set apart from other events of its kind through its exceptional organisation and the opportunity to meet bigger audiences, including important buyers. The event generates fantastic brand awareness for us and we’ve had a very successful show. I especially like interacting with new clients and catching up with friends in the industry.”
Fei Liu, Founder, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery.

“IJL is the UK’s only destination for quality design led contemporary jewellery. It’s the event where you know you’ll meet the key customers for your business. We would recommend IJL to anyone looking to establish connections with key customers and contacts within the industry.”
James Newman, Design Director, James Newman Jewellery.

‘We have had a fantastic show and could not have asked for a better introduction to the industry as a new brand and supplier. The reaction has been super positive, and we have really loved getting feedback from new clients, as well as our peers.”
Guy Robertson, Creative Director, Miracca London.

“IJL is ideally timed in the year to kick-off the Christmas buying season. As the most prominent UK trade jewellery show, it is the perfect location to showcase new collections as it attracts both our current customers, as well as key prospects, creating an excellent atmosphere in which to network.”
Miranda Raw, Director, Raw Pearls.


Sarah Salmon


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