BJGFBritish Jewellery Giftware & Finishing Federation
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David Metcalfe, vice-president of the BJGF Federation, said: "This forward thinking initiative will bring critical mass to two trade associations that already have a formidable track record at effectively representing their members.
But it is certainly a role with heady responsibility as outgoing president Geoffrey Oakley pointed out during his hand-over speech: "As members of the BJGF, we are fortunate to be working within some of the UK's most creative and innovative business sectors and in areas where we are still considered to be world leaders.
Further support for the BJGF Federation's industries also comes in the shape of the International Business Services (IBS)--better know as the SESA (Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad).
The new name, it was suggested, would enable the Federation to retain its high profile BJGF acronym, while acknowledging the important role of the Surface Engineering Association under the BJGF's umbrella.
In addition to his outstanding contribution to the work of the BJGF, Mike has also contributed enormously to the GA.
A special thank you to all the principal sponsors of the Benevolent Society Ball: Cookson Precious Metals, Hean Studios, T H March Insurance, The Assay Office, RJ, and Geoff Cooper, past president of BJGF Thanks also to Martin Short, publisher of RJ Magazine, who presented David Simons, chairman of the Benevolent Society, with a cheque for [pounds sterling]3290 which was raised during the UK Jewellery Awards.
The evening will be an informal social networking occasion and is open to BJGF members and non-members as well as exhibitors and visitors to Spring Fair.
John Swain, president of the BJGF, said: "Clare Short's visit to the BJGF, the second in 18 months, clearly demonstrates and underlines the importance of our sectors to Government.
The BJGF look forward to seeing members and non-members joining in with the festive activities and enjoyable fund raising events and the booking forms will be sent within the next few months.
Non members are welcome to attend by purchasing a ticket from the BJGF.
The BJGF would like to thank everyone who came along to support this year's Benevolent Society Ball which has proven to be one of the most triumphant ever.
Commenting on the day the newly installed president, Michael Godfrey, said: "This really has been the most stunning AGM ever held by the BJGF.