Pam and Peter Beever, Australian Members of the Year with Nationwide Director Barry Jackson and Nationwide MD Colin Pocklington
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Buying groups recognise top retailers and suppliers
By Sonia Nair
Showcase Jewellers, Nationwide Jewellers and Leading Edge Group celebrated retailer and supplier excellence at their annual award ceremonies this year.
Pandora was a standout performer, winning accolades from all three buying groups. It was awarded Australian Supplier of the Year by Leading Edge and Showcase, while in the Nationwide awards it lost out to Duraflex in Australia but won the same gong for its New Zealand business.
Jewellers across New South Wales and Victoria shone in member categories at all three of the awards nights.
For the Leading Edge awards night on August 26, 150 members of the industry descended upon the Star Room in Darling Harbour to celebrate 16 winners across eight categories.
Showcase and Nationwide Jewellers held their award nights concurrently on August 29, during this year’s International Jewellery Fair.
Held at the Star City Casino, the Showcase Gala Awards dinner attracted 300 retailers and suppliers. During the night, Showcase also announced its new Board of Directors and held a silent auction where over $20,000 was raised for Cure our Kids foundation.
Meanwhile, 330 members of the jewellery industry attended the Nationwide dinner at Doltone House. Nationwide Jewellers held awards in four categories: Australian and New Zealand Members of the Year and Australian and New Zealand Suppliers of the Year.
A complete list of winners is below:
LEADING EDGE GROUP AWARDS 2010
Members of the Year
Regency Group in Orange, New South Wales – Kerry and Hazel Rawson, Aaron Broom and Vicky Linklater
Barretts Leading Edge Jewellers in Wollongong, New South Wales – Michael Barrett
Andrew Ralph Diamond Jewellers in Mandurah, Western Australia – Andrew and Tanya Ralph
Pandora's Karin Adcock with Showcase Chairman Russell Annear and CEO Michael Mishevski
Stores of the Year
JM Leech Bendigo in Bendigo, Victoria – Adam and Anna Touhy
Karington Jewellery in Ballarat, Victoria – Peter Thomson
Petits Jewellers in Warragul, Victoria - Sherrin and John Solly
Most Improved Member
Leading Edge Jewellers Albany in Albany, Western Australia – Colin Morrison & Theresa Mexsom
Gary’s Leading Edge Jewellers in Gosford, New South Wales– Gary & Chris Mellon
Whitakers Jewellers in Cooks Hill, New South Wales – John Whitaker
Suppliers of The Year
Most Improved Supplier
Peter W Beck
Best New Product
Fire 44 Diamonds
SHOWCASE JEWELLERS GALA AWARDS 2010
Retailer of the Year
Burrows Jewellers in Mildura, Victoria – Graeme and Ian Burrows
Supplier of the Year
NATIONWIDE INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS AWARDS
Australian Member of the Year
Ringwood Jewellers in Ringwood, Victoria – Pam and Peter Beever
New Zealand Member of the Year
Heards Manufacturing Jewellers in Hastings, Hawkes Bay – Richard Funnell and Irena Mikolic
Australian Supplier of the Year
New Zealand Supplier of the Year
Posted September 27, 2010