We are delighted to be holding the June meeting at the new Goldsmith Centre. The meeting will precede a drinks reception launching the 2012 KickStarters. Advisory Board members together with a selection of Diamond Club are invited to attend the launch.
KickStart provides a commercial launch pad for the ten promising UK designers selected to exhibit on a group stand within the Design Gallery. Now in its fourth year, KickStart is an initiative developed by IJL and the British Jewellers’ Association to support up and coming British design talent looking to develop their businesses.
Abigail Stradling commented: “IJL far exceeded my expectations in every way from the levels of press interest and new friends and contacts in the trade, to the volume of orders generated. As a result of KickStart I have about 10 new stockists; a great mix of retail jewellers and craft galleries, across the UK."
Simon Rainer, CEO of the BJA also commented: "Supporting young, up and coming designers is one of the BJA's main objectives. Working with the IJL team to make the selected designer makers first commercial steps successful is as important to the association as it is to the designers themselves. This initiative is about nurturing the exceptional talent within the jewellery trade and we are delighted to be part of it."