How to become a member of the CMJ
Joining the CMJ will unlock access to all of the support you could need to protect, develop and grow your business, securing the best value from suppliers without having to compromise on quality.
To become a member of the CMJ, you will need to provide us with a few short pieces of information. The information we need is:
- A sentence about why your business would like to join the CMJ
- A brief synopsis of your business
- A short summary of your plan for the next 5 years, and if relevant, any succession plans
- A list of your top 20 suppliers/brands
- Your most recent two sets of full accounts
- Photos of the inside and outside of the store/s
- Complete the Become a Member/Supplier form below
CMJ joining process
Every membership application is subject to the same processes of review and approval. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, these processes tend to be completed within 6 weeks.
The CMJ joining process is as follows:
1. Application form audit
Once we have received your application to join the CMJ, your accounts will be sent to our Management Accountant for audit.
2. Member Notification
We will then notify all members of your decision to join the group and open the floor to any comments on your application before it is submitted to the board for review.
3. Member Visit
A member of the exec team or board may visit your store.
4. Application Review
All the information about your business will be pulled into a report. This will then be submitted to the board for their consideration at their next meeting. Approval usually takes 4-6 weeks from the time we receive your full information.
5. Membership Approval
Once your business is approved for membership, we will send you a welcome pack containing members’ terms and code of conduct, articles of association, FAQs and other supporting membership information, as well as available marketing materials.
6. Membership Announcement
Your membership will be announced to CMJ’s approved suppliers and communicated out via our news pages.
“Since joining the CMJ, the support offered to us by their team and approved suppliers, as well as our fellow retail members, has been invaluable. The networking events have been one of the most important aspects – being able to learn from the experience and insights of our peers has been an enormous help.”
“Being a CMJ member means having access to excellent supplier choice, brilliant networking events, and hands-on support whenever we need it.”
“As an independent jeweller, I could spend hours praising the support and financial benefits delivered by the CMJ. Suffice to say, they have played an important role in the development of my business. From access to new suppliers to networking with my peers, they have offered great advice and both supported and encouraged my continued independence.”
“I have been stopped in my local high street and congratulated on my ability to offer such high-quality retail brochures and catalogues to customers as an independent local retailer. The marketing support we receive from the CMJ really is excellent, and that is just one of the many, many benefits that the group offers.”
“I am proud to say I am a member of the CMJ. At Niche we strive to inspire our loyal customers and value the opportunities within the CMJ to meet new and innovative suppliers.”
“I can say in all honesty that the CMJ has been instrumental in our smooth transition from a first generation to a second generation independent jewellers. The networking and support of my peers and the professionalism of the CMJ has given us the confidence to view the future with optimism. I strongly recommend joining the CMJ.”
“I am delighted to join the CMJ as I feel this will help me gain valuable experience and develop long-term relationships in the jewellery industry with key suppliers.”
“The retail jewellery industry is changing so quickly, it’s vital to get a wider perspective through the CMJ retailer network.”
FIND A MEMBER
Look for other members of the CMJ near you, or find out more information on a specific CMJ store. Explore our extensive network of over 400 independent jewellery retailers.