A collaboration group of 12 West Midlands’ jewellery companies attended the Vicenza trade fair – Vicenzaoro Winter 2012 –with the help of Interiors & Lifestyle Futures’ Gay Penfold and Frank Cooper.
As the show’s PR explained: “the event is the first in the world calendar of gold fairs, the first chance to test the pulse of the sector and to photograph the latest trends and products. This ‘business hub’ [hosted] 1400 exhibitors from over 30 different countries ….. meeting the retailers and numerous delegations of foreign buyers.”
|Visitors throng to Vicenzaoro Winter 2012|
Over 27, 000 visitors attended the six days of the Fair and while the Interiors & Lifestyle Futures group met jewellery manufacturing companies from throughout Europe and the rest of the world, their primary focus was 'T- Gold' in the Technology Hall. There, the ILF companies explored the latest in technologies, software and equipment for jewellery design on offer from 118 manufacturing companies. They also had the opportunity to attend the day-long Jewellery Technology Forum.
|Moving businesses forward in Vicenza|
“I found Vicenza both enjoyable and rewarding. I learnt some ideas that will move our business forward both in marketing & product development. It was also useful to speak with others within the trade and look at our business from a distance.” Peter Wright, Le Ronka.
“I had an amazing and extremely productive time in Vicenza. It’s definitely opened my eyes to what else is out there and proved to me that retailers don’t have the limited choice of the same old rubbish! I think I’ll also get a lot out of the networking on the trip. Thanks to Frank and Gay for organising and executing the trip with skill and professionalism. I thought you did a great job and definitely made sure we got the most out of our time.” Jack Row, Designer.
Other ILF companies that took part in the Vicenzaoro Winter 2012 trip: Albion Gold; The Birmingham Mint; Charles Green & Sons; Christopher Hay; Haz UK Ltd; Hean Studio; Merit Badge; Merrell Casting; Samuel Taylor Ltd; and A.Wardle and Sons.