Reading-based independent jeweller Jacobs the Jeweller has won the prestigious ‘Pride of Reading’ award at a gala awards ceremony hosted by local born champion Chris Tarrant on Friday 3rd November.
The business scooped the 2017 ‘Business in Action’ award for Reading businesses with fewer than 50 employees. The award recognises the outstanding contribution and fundraising Jacobs the Jewellers has carried out in the Reading community over the years. The third generation family business was anonymously nominated with the final decision being made by a panel of independent judges.
Jacobs the Jewellers has a fine track record of fundraising over many years, supporting local charities such as The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Launchpad, Rotary, Finchies and Reading Voluntary Action. The much loved local business is also a keen supporter of local arts, supporting Reading Between the Lines theatre company, Reading Year of Culture 2016 and the newly established Thames Festival.
Co-owner Adam Jacobs has also previously chaired the Business Improvement District, and now Reading UK, as well as being on the Reading Chamber of Commerce Council. Adrienne Jacobs has been the Chairwoman for Thames Valley Lady Taverners for the past 5 years, raising tens of thousands of pounds for needy children in the area and husband Ian Jacobs a local magistrate and Rotarian, both remain involved in the business today.
Adam Jacobs commented on the win: “We were completely surprised to win! We’ve been established and independent for almost 70 years with Reading being very good to us. It’s essential we put something back. All of us contribute to the community in some way, it’s part of our DNA. We’re very grateful to all our customers who have trusted us over the years and of course of our team without whom we couldn’t have the impact we do. We’re very lucky to have won a number of local and national awards for our retail skills – this one is special because it’s about our community”. Jacobs the Jewellers play an important part in the business and cultural life of Reading and are very worthy winners of the Pride of Reading Business in Action Award 2017.
Hilary Scott of the Pride of Reading commented: “Jacobs the Jewellers play an important part in the business and cultural life of Reading and are very worthy winners of the Pride of Reading Business in Action Award 2017.
Congratulations from everyone here at the CMJ!
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