Reed Exhibitions has cancelled this year’s International Jewellery London (IJL), which was scheduled to take place at Alexandra Palace from September 13 to 15.
The organiser announced this morning that UK government and health authority guidelines would make it impossible to host a large scale gathering in September without compromising the show.
“The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority. Therefore, after careful consideration we feel it is in everyone’s best interests not to go ahead with this year’s event and wanted to give everyone involved as much notice as possible,” Reed says.
“IJL has 65 years of heritage that we look to protect and maintain during this unprecedented time. For now, and as we recognise the challenging time our industry has to face, both personally and professionally, we will continue to collaborate with exhibitors and visitors to support the global jewellery industry during this difficult period. We are working out these details now and will inform our community at the relevant and appropriate times,” the organiser states.
The Professional Jeweller Awards, which traditionally take place on the second night of IJL, have been combined with the WatchPro Awards, which take place on November 3.
Assuming it is safe for the event to proceed in November, it will be the only significant gathering of the jewellery, watch and retailer industry in the UK this year.