International Jewellery London has issued a reminder to all UK up-and-coming jewellery designers that the deadline for applications for six places in this year’s KickStart initiative is now only three weeks away on April 10.
KickStart gives access to invaluable career boosting benefits for the chosen designers, including a mentoring package, workshop days, ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support, and introductions to key industry figures – with the added bonus of winning a free stand at IJL 2019 in the special ‘Industry’s Choice’ award.
In addition, to provide extra support, each UK-based winner will receive a bursary funded directly by the Benevolent Society Trust, to assist with London transport and accommodation costs.
All of which help ensure that each KickStarter has the opportunity to excel on their IJL Journey and maximise their experience at the show, where they will have access to IJL’s 9,000-strong jewellery audience of key buyers, leading influencers, international brands and consultants.
IJL Event Manager, Sarah Kitley-Spencer, comments: “Now in its 9th year, this valuable mentoring, advice and exhibition platform is an important link in the IJL Journey – a unique industry path that guides design talent from final year student to successful consumer-facing brands.
“The chosen designers are very much the ‘one’s to watch’ with their finger on the trend pulse. The KickStart feature is one of the most popular highlights of the show for all those looking to see the latest exciting talent and trend-setters.”
KickStart, created by jewellery industry hub IJL and trade body the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), has now helped more than 80 contemporary designers launch their careers and get an all-important foot in the door. KickStart alumni have gone on to have impressive careers in the jewellery sector.
As Lauren Rowden, creative director of Ellie Air Jewellery and a 2015 Kickstart winner, says: “KickStart was a great step up into the multi-dimensional business side of the jewellery industry. Meeting industry professionals within sales, management and accounting meant that I had an excellent chance to network at the event.”
How to Apply: Only those who have been trading for more than 12 months will be considered. The deadline is April 10, 2018. To apply for KickStart, please click here.
To read more terms and conditions about KickStart, please click here.
What is the IJL Journey?
As part of our IJL 365 approach, the IJL Journey extends far beyond our three-day trade event. It offers myriad career-boosting benefits, including a mentoring package, workshop days, ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support, and introductions to key industry figures.
This invaluable advice prepares each Bright Young Gem, KickStarter and Design Gallery Exhibitor to meet the 9,000 strong jewellery audience at IJL 2018, from September 2-4.
IJL is #withyou offering career opportunities and the chance to grow your jewellery business, whether you are a student, recent graduate, emerging brand or established player. Speak to our team to find out more.
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