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NAJ Announce Chair’s Award to recognise Outstanding Contribution

02 Nov 2021

NAJ chairs award 2021

The National Association of Jewellers has announced that it will recognise the outstanding contribution of an individual or business with a new Chair’s Award, to be presented at the Benevolent Society’s Christmas Ball.

The NAJ Chair’s Award, sponsored by Windiam, will be selected by a panel led by Harriet Kelsall presented to an individual or business at the Benevolent Society Christmas Ball, held at the Grand Hotel Birmingham on Thursday 9th December.

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Announcing the Award, Gary Wroe, NAJ Chair said,

“I’m extremely excited to be introducing an award that recognises the contributions individuals and businesses have made in the close knit jewellery community. The last two years have presented immeasurable challenges for jewellers and their businesses and in some circumstances quite extraordinary actions have been taken to support workforces, communities, and projects.

“This December the Benevolent Society Ball will be unique to any in recent years, and so launching this new Chair’s Award in this setting will be as memorable as it will be special.”

Traditionally a wider array of NAJ Awards have featured at the Society’s Christmas event. However due to a much more exclusive and intimate venue being selected, organisers wanted to take the opportunity to complement the setting with the single new Chair’s Award being made, given to a business or individual in recognition of going above and beyond to support a (or their) community, workforce or project.

While the Chair’s Award will not be a traditional nomination process, members are invited to make a recommendation before a deadline of Thursday 18th November.

Please ensure your recommendation includes names, details and no more than 300 words on why the person/ business should be considered.

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The Grand Hotel Grand Balloom Wedding darkened

The Benevolent Society Dinner

Held at the Grand Hotel Birmingham on Thursday 9th December, the Benevolent Society Christmas Ball overall sponsored by Parify Group returns to the same venue which played host to the first Jewellers' Ball in 1933 which was attended by royal guest George V.

In the very same ballroom as the first ball, just 200 trade guests will be treated to an evening full of entertainment and enjoyment, which - very much like recent history - aims to raise significant funds for the Society, the Charity which provides a range of accessible funds for the jewellery community.

The venue’s grand ballroom is grand in scale and extraordinary in detail. The hotel's restaurant and bars also reflect the heritage and internationality of grand hotels around the world, where local neighbours rubbed shoulders with people from all walks of life.

The Benevolent Society Committee are intending to make this 2021 ball an unforgettable experience in a venue that truly suits the occasion, as well as hosting much loved festive celebrations that return to the frivolities once more.

About the sponsors

Overall Headline Sponsor - Parify

Parify is a unique business in many ways – they design, test and build their own products at their facilities in Leicestershire, England. Parify claim that what makes them different is that they have the technological and engineering capability to design and create unique and ground-breaking lighting solutions demanded by clients. An added benefit of their products is their low impact on the environment.

We're proud to be associated with Parify as the headline sponsor for this ball as the company is built on the values of unique product design, sector specific solutions, high quality and 100% customer satisfaction, priding themselves on consistently achieving repeat business from loyal clientele.

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Chair's Award - Windiam

Windiam source and deliver an extensive selection of polished diamonds both to the world’s leading brands and jewellery chains, as well as smaller boutique shops. Leveraging their intergenerational expertise to turn rough into polished in an efficient, cost-effective manner allows Windiam to offer large, high-quality stones at competitive prices.

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Source: National Association of Jewellers