The National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) annual conference, the NAJ Summit, was deemed a hit with attendees and organisers as jewellery professionals from across the UK and farther afield came together across an extended weekend to learn and connect.
This year’s NAJ Summit, designed to bring together all sectors of the jewellery trade, welcomed over 300 eager and engaged attendees to the Park Regis Hotel, Birmingham, from the 24th to the 26th of June.
With a new, more accessible venue and a revised programme of events, the NAJ Summit’s refinements were warmly received by attendees.
This year’s Valuers’ Conference, hosted by the Institute of Registered Valuers, saw international experts share their wisdom and stories on Saturday. These included CIBJO President Dr Gaetano Cavalieri, Richard Drucker from Gemworld and Vincent Pardieu, fresh from another far-flung adventure, among many other experts.
On the second day, delegates attended a packed schedule of workshops and masterclasses, delving into everything from valuing pearls and CAD software to hunting gemstones in Afghanistan.
The Sunday culminated in a lively diamond panel discussion, bringing together senior figures from both sides of the natural and laboratory grown debate for a robust and entertaining conversation.
The centrepiece of this year’s NAJ Summit was the NAJ Awards, supported by headline sponsor Curteis. This inclusive and relaxed ceremony took place on the 16th floor of the hotel with panoramic views across Birmingham. Ten awards were handed out to businesses and individuals who exemplify professional excellence.
On Monday, the 26th, business leaders joined the Retail Jewellers’ Congress, hosted by the JET Business Network, for a full day of talks and interactive sessions designed to help retailers attract, recruit, and retain both staff and customers.
NAJ CEO Ben Massey shares, “We are delighted those in attendance so warmly received this year’s NAJ Summit. The NAJ team have carefully considered all aspects of the event, from top to bottom, to ensure the best possible experience for delegates.
Given the positive feedback throughout the three days, it is clear that these changes have been welcomed. We look forward to continuing these improvements for 2024.”
“We thank everyone, from attendees and speakers to sponsors, who generously gave their time and knowledge, and without whom the event wouldn’t be possible.”