IJL Supports Independent Retailer Month

International Jewellery London Backs Independent Retailer Month – For Immediate Release – London, April 2012:

International Jewellery London has been confirmed as a campaign supporter for Independent Retailer Month. This global 'Shop Local' campaign, which runs throughout July, highlights the important role independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole.

Along with international companies, UK based multiples and department stores, International Jewellery London, a leading jewellery trade show, attract a significant number of independent retailers. By backing Independent Retailer Month, they aim to support those show visitors who are smaller, independent retailers who are vital contributors to the UK jewellery industry. Individual stores are encouraged to make the most of the opportunities brought about by Independent Retailer Month to increase the local profile of their business.

The campaign is set to inspire those involved, and to promote independent retail generally, engaging consumers with activities, events and promotions designed to remind shoppers of the fantastic small, local businesses which are right on their door-steps! In the UK the campaign is led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, who will also be hosting a keynote seminar at International Jewellery London this September.

Clare Rayner said “I am delighted that International Jewellery London has agreed to support this campaign, helping us to cascade our message to smaller, local jewellery retailers throughout the UK.” IJL Event Director Syreeta Tranfield commented: “The IJL team fully believes in supporting independent retailers. Our VIP Diamond Club hosts many senior figures from key independents, and our free seminar programme provides expert advice for all store staff. IJL is backing Independent Retailer Month to further support this important part of the industry”.

- ENDS - ABOUT INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH UK Independent Retailer Month is a global "Shop Local" campaign that runs throughout July. The campaign highlights the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole. Founded in the USA by Kerry Bannigan, CEO Nolcha Fashion Week, Independent Retailer Month UK is led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion. Press Contact: Clare Rayner champion@retailchampion.co.uk Tel: 01727 238890 / 07734 411590 www.independentretailermonth.co.uk

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY LONDON IJL is the UK’s most established, premier jewellery event, with the largest selection of jewellery specific exhibitors and more leading, high-end manufacturers than any other UK trade event. Purely focused on jewellery, IJL unites manufacturers, designers, gem companies and allied services with senior level jewellery buyers. IJL takes place at Earls Court 2, London on 2 September – 5 September 2012. For more information, images or quotes, please contact: Stephanie Power or Suzanna Hammond on +44 (0) 207 630 6633 / stephanie@hammondpr.co.uk

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