The Emagold Group of leading UK jewellery producers, has elected Asa Harrison as its new chairman. Asa, who is UK Sales Director of the precious metal producer Cookson Precious Metals, takes over the post from the out-going president, John Coupland, managing director of the Birmingham jewellery supplier, Saunders Shepherd Group.
He will be supported in the role by David Shem-Tov, managing director of Stubbs & Co, a major supplier of fine jewellery based in London’s Hatton Garden, who has been elected as Vice Chairman of the Group.
Emagold has 13 member firms all of which are long-established companies with a history of fair trade and sound business ethics.
The group offers a wide range of high-quality jewellery designs and a number of global brands. Many of its members come together to exhibit regularly on a landmark joint pavilion at Spring Fair Birmingham and International Jewellery London.
Speaking about his appointment Mr Harrison said, “I am looking forward to working with David and our other members to further develop the group and its activities and I am fortunate to have the advice and support of some excellent past chairmen available to me.
We have a number of exciting projects in the pipe line – not least three regional seminars for retailers which we are sponsoring in conjunction with the National Association of Goldsmiths’ during May. The group members have the common aim of providing our customers with a first class product and service offer and we are eager to work more closely with them to refine and constantly improve this offer.”
In an attempt to move closer to the independent retailers it serves, Emagold is working with the NAG is to sponsor a series of regional meetings for NAG members. Entitled ‘Spring Summits’ these events are to be held in Manchester, Leicester, and Bristol during mid-May 2008.