Trading Standards win prestigious award for hallmarking project

By on 06/07/2012 in News

Birmingham City Council has won a prestigious - first of its kind - award for a project involving hallmarking and Asian jewellery retailers.

The Touchstone Award, presented to the council by the British Hallmarking Council, was given in recognition of the council's work to ensure Asian jewellers provide protection for their customers through the use of hallmarking.

The project has run for a number of years and as a result there has been significant improvement in the level of compliance.  Latest activity involved 21 Asian jewellers and 19 other retailers in Birmingham.  In total, 12 of the jewellers were found to have non-compliant products and 104 articles.  The campaign resulted in seizing jewellery to the value of around £50,000.

Birmingham City Council, Head of Trading Standards, Sajeela Naseer, said: “We're absolutely delighted to win this award.  The team has worked really hard on this project, particularly Gary Singh who managed the winning project.

“We are very pleased with the results of the initiative and are extremely proud to be the first winners of such a prestigious and impressive award.”

The award was given to the council by the British Hallmarking Council at the TSI annual Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference and Exhibition in Manchester last month. It was presented by Chair of the British Hallmarking Council's Education and Enforcement Committee, Mike Drewry.

British Hallmarking Council member, Robert Grice, said: “Birmingham's entry was first class. It detailed a well-planned, long-term exercise which is being regularly monitored to measure its success.”

The city council is the first holder of the Touchstone Award – a 12 inch sterling silver dish with a value of £3,000.  Gary Singh receives an individual award of a silver Business Card holder in recognition of his personal contribution to the project.

The award, made in Sheffield, bears a complete set of hallmarks including the unique Diamond Jubilee mark. It also carries the town marks of all four UK Assay Offices, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Sheffield who funded the initiative.

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