Family jewellers back in the running for Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards

Harry Collinson of Collinson Jewellers, Crowtree Road, Sunderland, who has been nominated for a Portfolio Award.
Harry Collinson of Collinson Jewellers, Crowtree Road, Sunderland, who has been nominated for a Portfolio Award.
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A family business is back in the awards running again – just a year after lifting a Sunderland Echo title.

Collinson Jewellers, in Sunderland, has been nominated in this year’s City Centre Business of the Year category, the very title that the long-established firm won last year.

It is brilliant. It is a pleasant surprise to know that we have been nominated and it is reward for the staff really. The staff are the shops and they have been with us for some time

Harry Collinson

Chief executive Harry Collinson senior first set up the firm in 1981 with just himself and wife Sandra as the staff.

They ran the business as a watch and clock repair firm in Blandford Street, with Harry using the watch-making expertise he’d gained from working in Binns and during time spent in London.

Later, the company expanded with a jewellery shop in Crowtree Road and now has a Pandora presence in The Bridges as well.

And through all the years, the family presence has grown. As well as Harry and Sandra, son Harry Collinson junior and daughter Rachael Collinson-Mather are also on board as directors.

And youngest daughter Victoria Redmond will join this summer.

Harry senior put his success down to “customer service”, adding: “It is all down to that. We keep up with the trends.”

He welcomed the nomination and said: “It is brilliant. It is a pleasant surprise to know that we have been nominated and it is reward for the staff really.

“The staff are the shops and they have been with us for some time.”

We’re off to a great start with many nominations already received for this year’s awards but we want more.

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make to the city.

Sponsors for the awards this year are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.

l To make a nomination for a company, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk or e-mail lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the form.