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NAJ Awards 2019 – entry deadline extended

There’s still time to recognise your unique business, super team or invaluable colleague

The deadline for entries to the NAJ Awards 2019 has been extended until midday on Monday 28 October 2019, in order to increase the number of entries from all areas of the industry. Entrants now have two more weeks to perfect their entries to ensure they have the best chance of scooping an industry accolade at this year’s awards, which are entering their fifth year.

The NAJ Awards 2019 recognise companies, teams and individuals in the jewellery sector that have gone above and beyond to deliver great results, an unforgettable experience and in some circumstances a legacy for others to follow.

Their achievements will be celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony on 5 December 2019 at the St. John’s Hotel, Solihull as part of the festively timed Benevolent Society Ball.

This year sees the introduction of three new awards to the Organisation category: Innovation of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility and Physical Shopfront of the Year. These join established awards, including Service Provider of the Year and Website of the Year.

One standout award in the Individual Category is Workshop Professional of the Year, sponsored by Presman Mastermelt, awarded to a jewellery professional demonstrating a high level of professionalism, integrity and honesty as part of the UK jewellery community. Nominating yourself, or indeed someone you work with is free, but NAJ are encouraging entrants to not be shy in singing the praises of the nominee, and make sure judges are well aware of why recognition should be considered.

The NAJ Awards would not be possible without the support of NAJ members and sponsors, which this year welcomes online diamond marketplace Nivoda as headline sponsor.

David Sutton, Nivoda CEO said: 'As an innovative tech company that is rapidly changing the way retailers and wholesalers source diamonds, we believe that the NAJ Awards is a great way of recognising and celebrating excellence. We are proud to be the headline sponsor of the awards and we continue to support businesses that bring change to the industry.'

Last year’s winner of the Retailer of the Year award Jamie Beech of Bond Jewellery & Diamonds said of his award: 'It is something that we discuss with customers and suppliers, adding trust to the brand and giving us the confidence that our processes and ideas are well received. We will be entering again (of course) - to have an award on show in store for 2018 and 2019 would be a strong message.'

The full list of categories, judging criteria and tips on how to submit a good entry can be found on the NAJ website HERE. The shortlist will be announced on 4th November 2019. If you think you have what it takes, enter now!!

NAJ Awards 2019 categories:
Individual/ Team awards

  • Sales person of the year, sponsored by Windiam
  • Designer of the year, sponsored by Clogau
  • Workshop professional of the year, sponsored by Presman Mastermelt
  • Team of the year, sponsored by TH March

Organisation awards
  • Service provider of the year, sponsored by Parify 
  • Jewellery and/or watch supplier of the year, sponsored by Inhorgenta
  • Retailer of the year, sponsored by Hockley Mint
  • Innovation of the year, sponsored by Clarity & Success
  • Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the year
  • Website of the year, sponsored by IJL
  • Physical shop front of the year

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