British Craft Trade Fair forms new alliance with The Guild of Jewellery Designers

The Guild of Jewellery Designers ‘GoJD’ is a collaboration of British jewellery designers and artisans offering support and networking opportunities within its membership base as a non-profit making organisation.

Jewellers are able to subscribe to the guild initially on a free of charge basis and can upgrade at any time to take advantage of its partner discounts and insurance opportunities.

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has recently signed up as supply partner to the guild and members can now take a 10% discount from stand rates offered by BCTF and this means savings upwards from £56+ VAT for a stand at the 2018 fair ((8th – 10th April)

Margeret Bunn, CEO of the fair said ‘We are really pleased to be working with GoJD and feel very positive that the relationship will benefit subscribers as well as the GoJD. Existing members of the organisation, I am sure will be interested in exhibiting with us, we are always looking for new emerging talent wanting to supply trade buyers within the jewellery and Home and Gift market.’


Young Designer winners announced at Jacobs the Jewellers

Jacobs the Jewellers and the Bishopsland Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Company and HS Walsh, have announced the winners of the third edition of the annual Young Designer Competition. 

Nine young Bishopsland designers - Annemarie Reinhold, Jessica Jue, Rebecca Black, Gina Burgess, Rachel Hewison, Rebecca Burt, Lauren Braithwaite, Olivia Cosh-Hall and Korrin Franklin -  took part in the exciting Young Designer Competition held at Jacobs from 6 -30 June. Each participant showcased an item of silver as well as a piece of jewellery.

Over the three week period, visitors to the store voted for their favourite jewellery design as well as their preferred silver object. The competition attracted a record number of public votes, the results were as follows:


-WINNER- Rebecca Burt, Freckled Blooms Necklace

1st Prize - Rebecca Burt, Freckled Blooms Necklace


Runner Up Olivia Cosh Hall yellow gold sapphire set ring

2nd Prize - Olivia Cosh Hall yellow gold sapphire set ring




Winner - Annemarie Reinhold with Leaf dish

1st Prize - Annemarie Reinhold with Leaf dish



Runner Up - Rachel Hewison with Bird bowl

2nd Prize - Rachel Hewison with Bird bowl

1st prize winners received £350 worth of vouchers to spend on tools or materials to help establish their careers in the jewellery and silver industry, 2nd prize winners received vouchers worth £150. Both received framed presentation certificates.

Adam Jacobs, owner of Jacobs the Jewellers commented “This year’s competition has been simply amazing. A record number of votes for an inspiring group of individuals. Thank you to the Bishopsland team, our co-sponsors and customers for all their passion and enthusiasm. Artistic spirit is alive and well within jewellery and silversmith talent in Reading.”



The Big Stitch

The Big Stitch

Throughout July 2017, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is running a national campaign – The Big Stitch – and is encouraging consumers to pop into a BHF shop, buy an item(s) and inject their own fashion flair to it.

With an extraordinary appetite for individual style growing, the BHF is championing sewing and dressmaking skills to encourage shoppers to stand-out from the fashion crowd.
For a whole month, The Big Stitch is challenging style seekers to put their own stamp on their wardrobe by encouraging shoppers to buy an item in-store and personalise it by practising sewing and dressmaking skills.

YouTube sensation, Just Jodes, who has over 160k subscribers and nearly 80K followers on Instagram, ise lending her support to the campaign. With a keen eye for fashion and style, she will be holding tutorials on her channel throughout the month to provide her tips on customisation and upcycling. Just Jodes said, “I am thrilled to be supporting the British Heart Foundation’s Big Stitch campaign. I’ve always been a big fan of adding extra touches to my clothes and believe it’s a great way to refresh my wardrobe without spending money on new items. BHF shops have so many hidden gems and the best part is that every penny goes towards funding their life saving heart research. I can’t wait to see what shoppers create and will also be providing my own personal style tips throughout July!”

With the fashion industry being one of the most wasteful in the world, the BHF wants to motivate all generations to see their shops as a one-stop destination for all their clothing needs, reminding shoppers that with over 750 shops nationwide, the vast fashion offerings at BHF shops give consumers easy access to buy beautiful, new and second-hand items while injecting their own style stamp. With basic sewing skills a thing of the past and with most wear and tear being easily-repairable, The Big Stitch is encouraging friends, families and individuals to get crafty, be creative and learn invaluable skills using BHF shop stock, all while educating buyers that every purchased item helps fund the BHF’s vital life saving research into the UK’s biggest killer – coronary heart disease.

Jax Black, Senior Costume Technician at London College of Fashion said: “It is great to see the BHF championing sewing and dressmaking skills. Making alterations, adding buttons, trims, embroidery and other decorative items to your BHF purchases are a great way to update your wardrobe this July.” London College of Fashion will be supporting The Big Stitch campaign with Jax Black joining Just Jodes in the online tutorials, showing her how to customise key trends with simplicity.

The Big Stitch runs until July 31st. Entries using the hashtag #TheBigStitch and tagging the BHF will be automatically entered into a competition. A winner will be selected and announced on Aug 1st.

For further information on The Big Stitch and information about how to locate your nearest BHF shop visit