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CMJ adds to member portfolio

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The Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ) has welcomed four new retailers into its fold this month, and plans to feature a supplier hall at its next trade event.

In the Pink from Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Davies Jewellers, of Bangor and Menai Bridge in Wales, Griffin Jewellers of Bridlington and George Knight Jewellers, of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath, represent seven shops between them.

Talking about joining the buying group, Paul Moss of George Knight Jewellers said: “We were encouraged to join CMJ by Alan Higgs of TH Baker and after some consideration realised it would be beneficial to us an independent company to be part of an established buying group and could present opportunities for us. We were particularly keen to be able to attend the CMJ trade events bringing together a more focused group of suppliers with which we have something in common.”

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General manager of contemporary jewellers In the Pink, Katie Webb Jones, also felt their business would benefit from the CMJ events and training. She added: "Speaking to colleagues in the business is essential to keep up to date about what is happening in the industry so that in turn our business remains current and fresh. Over the next few years we hope to establish ourselves as niche jewellers, offering on site jewellery repairs and engraving, and also offering our customers something a bit different to the high street chains."

The CMJ has also recently added to its selection of approved suppliers, with brands including include Swiss watch brand Maurice Lacroix .

The Group’s service suppliers has also grown with Magpie ticketing company and The Jewellery Display Company joining existing services suppliers Pursuit, Bransom, Clarity & Success and Access Merchant Services. At the next CMJ trade event, which is taking place in Birmingham from August 4 to 5th, there will be a new services hall, which will showcase the Group’s growing number of service.

Talking about the event, CMJ trade event organiser Lucy Hill said: “Exhibition space for the next CMJ trade event sold out in record time. The show will include a dedicated area to watch brands as well as the new services hall and the main jewellery halls will include CMJ’s key suppliers, including Pandora.”

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