Sam Willoughby, event director, IJL

“IJL is the proud sponsor of the Retail Stars category and the Diamond sponsor of the event. The Hot 100 supports the jewellery industry with its celebration of the talent and expertise that exists within it and we are honoured to play a part in such a prestigious event. This category encapsulates the current momentum of the industry, recognising those retailers driving the market forward, constantly innovating and setting new trends. This category demonstrates how UK retailers are making brave decisions, investing in their staff and retail outlets and reinventing themselves with some incredible results. These inspiring individuals and teams have truly world class retail skills, something that we should all strive to emulate. A huge congratulations to all those featured on these pages, you have the deserved respect and admiration of the whole jewellery industry.”