KickStart

  • Jump-start your jewellery career

    The KickStart initiative gives jewellery designers who are looking to shine within the industry a chance to develop their careers at the UK’s leading jewellery trade event. Launched in 2009, every year six creators are given the opportunity to showcase their jewellery on a group stand at International Jewellery London (IJL).

    Are you ready to be one of them?

  • Benefits

    • Access to a trade-only audience of buyers, retailers and our mentoring programme
    • Exhibit with other creators in IJL’s prestigious Design Gallery
    • IJL training day covering marketing, PR and maximising event participation
    • A pre-event planning session
    • Mentoring and advice from The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ)
    • Pre and post event promotion and PR
    • Support from industry experts
    • Exposure to IJL’s 9,000 strong buying audience

    Criteria

    • Product must be designed and made in the UK
    • Participating designers must have the ability to fulfil orders from retailers
    • Applicants will be required to join the NAJ or be existing members - visit www.naj.co.uk for more information
    • Product must be design led
    • Precious and non-precious jewellery is acceptable
    • All precious jewellery must be hallmarked where appropriate
    • Designers must not have previously exhibited independently at IJL
    • The business must have been in existence for less than five years
    • Creators will be required to attend the IJL training day and the pre-event planning session
    • Applicants will need to send a post show report regarding business done at the show
  • Applications for KickStart 2020 are now open. Judging is due to take place at the beginning of May, you will then be informed by a member of the IJL team if your application was successful. Deadline for entries: 01 May 2020.


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    • It was so valuable to be able to chat to trade professionals at IJL as well as being able to see which pieces stood out the most to retailers which will help me to develop my collections in the future.

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      • Natalie Ball
      • Natalie Perry Jewellery, 2018 KickStart Winner
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      IJL is a brilliant opportunity for new brands to meet international buyers, galleries and fellow designers. I think being prepared for these meetings is key. Be ready to take orders!

      • De Anna Kieran
      • De Anna Kieran Jewellery, 2010 KickStart Winner
    • KickStart helped me get a fast growth to my business. I got to know the market in a way I would have had to work very hard for without the KickStart platform.

      • Ulrikke Vogt
      • Ulrikke Vogt Jewellery, 2009 KickStart Winner
    • KickStart has been a tremendous help with getting exposure to senior (inter)national people in the industry in a short time, which would otherwise have taken much longer to achieve & was a great confidence boost.

      • Laura Parra
      • Laura Parra Jewellery, 2015 KickStart Winner
    • It was an amazing opportunity to show my work to a wide spectrum of the retail world. Taking part taught me how to present my work in a very professional manner and deal with retailers. It also put me in touch with my first stockists.>

      • Cecile, Gilbert
      • Tiki Jewellery, 2016 KickStart Winner
  • KickStarters 2019

    Find out more about the talented designers that took part in KickStart 2019 and what they had to say about being selected.

    View the 2019 winners

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