Altrincham Businesswoman Joins UK Awards Judging Panel

Local business owner Jo Hill has joined the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards 2020 on their judging panel.

Jo Hill, Managing Director of high street jeweller Hill & Hill The Jewellers in Altrincham has joined a panel of industry professionals to judge the UK Jewellery Awards 2020. The UK Jewellery Awards is the jewellery and watch industry’s longest running and most prestigious trade awards event. Organised by Retail Jeweller magazine and in association with Welsh jewellery brand Clogau, the annual jewellery competition will celebrate its 28th year in 2020.

 

Jo has has 20 years’ experience in the jewellery industry, and will join a panel of over 20 leading experts, suppliers, managing directors and business owners from across the jewellery and watch trade to judge this year’s competition.  Over 400 entries were received for this year’s awards and the shortlist sees finalists recognised in 20 categories spanning everything from design through to customer service.

 

 

Retail Jeweller editor Ruth Faulkner explained: “The UK Jewellery Awards is independently judged by a panel of industry experts which ensures that winning one of these prestigious accolades really does mean something. We are grateful to all of those who gave up their time and shared their expertise during the judging process and we look forward to announcing the winners before the end of the year.”

 

 

Local business Hill & Hill The Jewellers is a proudly independent jewellers. Situated on Stamford Quarter, the store is located on a corner unit between Altrincham market and the town centre. Opened in mid-August 2019, the boutique offers luxury products from bespoke to fashion jewellery and fine bridal jewellery, all in a relaxed environment promising exceptional service. With brands such as Claudia Bradby Jewellery, Laura Vann, Calvin Klein and many more, you can also check out their website here.

 

Jo previously co-owned independent retailer Wave, before moving into brand management and latterly launching her own consultancy business JHJ in 2014. Hill & Hill The Jeweller is a collaboration with partner, Alex Hill, a former TV producer, who is responsible for the business’s marketing, web design and social media functions.

 

Hill & Hill The Jewellers are themselves shortlisted in the New Store category this year, and in 2018 Jo won an award for her consultancy work to jewellery brands and businesses.

Speaking to Janine from Promoting Trafford, Jo explained that their customers come from not only the Altrincham and Trafford area, but also from further afield too. They have become a destination boutique for customers looking for something a little different and to have the experience of Jo and her knowledgeable team in making their special purchases. Jo explained that some members of her team have worked with her for almost 19 years.

 

We asked how the last 6 months has been for the retail shop, as the wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Jo advises that since they re-opened the shop they have been busy. “After being in lockdown with loved ones, lots of people have wanted to treat their partners with eternity rings and special gifts. Also, although many weddings have been cancelled, customers have still wanted to purchase rings and other gifts as treats.

“It’s been heartwarming to hear some of their stories, and to know that we’ve played a small part in making this year special for them – at a time that people need to be positive and feel loved.”

 

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the UK Jewellery Awards 2020 event will take place as a virtual event for the first time in the ceremony’s history, held online on 16 December 2020.

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