WatchPro magazine will launch an annual project this year that will celebrate the multi-billion pound British watch industry and its community of business leaders who drive it forward with world class entrepreneurship, creativity, experience and expertise.
The WatchPro Hot 100 will recognise 2013’s top movers and shakers from within the UK’s watch industry, and you will have the chance to nominate yourself or others in the watch industry who you feel deserve a place (see below for instructions).
The editors of WatchPro will select the final Hot 100 at the end of March, and each of this year’s stars will be interviewed by the team and professionally photographed to create stunning pictorial profiles. These profiles will be published in the WatchPro Hot 100 2013 book, which will be launched at a spectacular party on July 2.
Creating the WatchPro Hot 100 begins with a nomination process where we invite readers of WatchPro to suggest individuals and teams that have made an outstanding contribution over the past year. These nominees don’t have to be owners or chief executives of the biggest companies; they could be a star salesperson, a marketing genius, a digital wizz kid or a peerless support engineer. Nominations are now closed.
The WatchPro Hot 100 will feature stars from many types of businesses: multiple, independent and digital retailers; manufacturers; watchmakers; service centres; UK offices of multinational watch brands; wholesalers; trade associations and many more.
The identity of the WatchPro Hot 100 is a closely guarded secret until the night of the party. The list is revealed as the centrepiece of the party, which will be attended by 500 VIP guests invited by WatchPro and the sponsors of the WatchPro Hot 100.
WatchPro editor-in-chief Rachael Taylor said: "Until now there has been little recognition of the extraordinary individuals and teams that have made the UK one of the most vibrant watch markets in the world. All too often, the focus is on the watches and overseas watchmakers, with scant regard given to the tireless efforts of British-based retailers, wholesalers, brand managers and business owners who keep the industry ticking.
"This oversight is about to be corrected with the launch of the WatchPro Hot 100. We have been hosting the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 for the British jewellery industry since 2010, and it is universally considered to be most eagerly awaited and exclusive industry party of the year. We will make the WatchPro Hot 100 just as special to the watch industry. It is high time that the extraordinary professionalism of this market is recognised, recorded and celebrated; and we are delighted to take on that responsibility.”
***NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED**** To nominate yourself or another for the WatchPro Hot 100 2013 please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line HOT 100 NOMINATION that contains the following:
• Name/s of those individual/s being nominated (nominees must be based in the UK)
• Job title/s and company name
• A bullet point list of reasons why they should be considered for this year’s Hot 100. For example: business growth, store expansion, product development, effective new strategies, personal contribution to the UK watch industry, etc, from the past year. Supporting evidence, such as figures, will be kept confidential but will increase the weight of an entry.