CMJ opened the doors to its Spring Trade Event on Sunday 4 March, despite freezing weather conditions over many parts of the country. Events were commenced with supplier and member meetings hosted by the Senior Team; Terry Boot CEO and Michael Aldridge, new supplier director Barrie Dobson and Lucy Reece-Raybould executive director of business development. A special thanks and acknowledgement was made to the CMJ Approved Suppliers who battled the elements to come and set up their stands. And of course the Retail Members who made it!

Both Michael and Terry reiterated the importance of focusing on the core original values of the CMJ as a buying group and going back to basics, but doing it really well. Terry stressed the importance and value of networking and creating events and opportunities for members, suppliers and service providers to come together and share ideas and solutions.

Barrie Dobson was welcomed by both suppliers and members and he assured the suppliers that he was proud to be representing them and would be open and available for their comments and feedback. All parties observed that at the recent board meeting there was a real feeling of positivity and that they are all looking optimistically towards the future.

New Suppliers to the group who were in attendance were;

  • Alex & Ani
  • Andrew Geoghegan
  • Andre Michael
  • Christina Design London & Obaku Denmark
  • Garmin
  • Madestones
  • MMBT
  • Ortak
  • Redblok
  • StoneHawk

Exclusive prize draws at the show were;

Garmin – Meet Ant Middleton

Dog Fever & Cat Fever – 5 bracelets to win

Calvin Klein – WIN new season products – winner was Harriet France from Jeremy France

Jewels of Queensland – WIN an Opal

Dollie - take a selfie and Win a Bracelet

Clogau – Win a Pendant & Earring Set

Henryka - Win a Lotus set

Albert Riele – Time Tunnel Win a Watch

This year’s winners of our annual awards were:

Winner of Best Stand was Calvin Klein – Grant Murdoch and his team were delighted

Winner of Best Collection – was Brown & Newirth

The evening event was a Sunday Night in with CMJ and the retail members and suppliers enjoyed a night of networking, some quizzes and arcade games, and of course some dancing!

CMJ would like to thank absolutely everyone who attended and helped to deliver the event and we’re looking forward to seeing you all in August for an even bigger event and of course the CMJ secret dance crews!

Brown & Newirth with their award
Brown & Newirth with their award

Calvin Klein with their award winning stand
Calvin Klein with their award winning stand
Harriet France from Jeremy France with her Calvin Klein prize
Harriet France from Jeremy France with her Calvin Klein prize

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