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Norwich jeweller in line for top awards

15:46 06 May 2014

The Winsor Bishop team, with Richard Peasgood, commercial manager, front centre; Sophie Fulford, managing director, to his left; Jessica Whitfield, group operations manager to her left; and Lisa Morgan, group finance, to Richard

The Winsor Bishop team, with Richard Peasgood, commercial manager, front centre; Sophie Fulford, managing director, to his left; Jessica Whitfield, group operations manager to her left; and Lisa Morgan, group finance, to Richard's right. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Staff at Norwich jeweller Winsor Bishop are proud to be marking the business’s 180th anniversary in the best possible style - with nominations for three prestigious national awards.

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The London Street jeweller is among the finalists for independent retailer of the year and watch retailer of the year in the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards; commercial manager Richard Peasgood is shortlisted for the industry retail star award.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Park Hotel in London on July 2.

Managing director Sophie Fulford said the shortlisting was recognition for the significant effort put in by her team.

She said: “We have worked really hard to create a fantastic contemporary environment for our customers while appreciating the history and traditions that this store has always stood for since 1834. We pride ourselves on understanding our products, and to be recognised by the judging panel for three awards is brilliant news.

“To get this recognition in our 180th year of trading is fantastic. We are taking 10 of our team to London for the awards and it would be lovely to bring back some silverware.”

Ms Fulford, who owns the company with her sister Tanya von Moll, said her 10 years at the helm had seen considerable growth, bucking the recession by adopting “really sensible” strategies across the business.

“Back in 2004, there were 12 people on the team and now we employ 58 people. In the same period turnover has risen from £3.2m to £9.8m,” she said.

The business, previously owned by her late father Robert Croydon, has expanded to include the Norwich outlet for jewellery brand Pandora and an innovative online hire enterprise, RentYourRocks.com

Ms Fulford, who oversaw the expansion of the London Street premises in 2010, said while Norfolk people relish and trust long-established independent shops, it was still vital to keep updating the business.

Her latest innovation has been Something Borrowed, a service offering complementary hire of expensive jewellery to brides who buy their engagement and wedding rings from the shop.

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