Northern Irish business Argento has scooped a prestigious award for Best Store Environment at the Retail Jeweller, UK Jewellery Awards 2016.

A total of 18 awards were given out at the ceremony in London Hilton, Park Lane last month, which recognised and honoured the achievements of the industry’s retailers and brands.

With 60 stores across the UK and Ireland, Argento was hailed by Retail Jeweller’s expert judging panel for a stunning store concept that linked back to the heritage of where the brand is from – Northern Ireland.

Best of Belfast

Commenting on the win, Pete Boyle, chief executive of Argento, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive such an established award that recognises our new store design.

“Although online shopping remains an important element of our business, it has been crucial for us to enhance the look and feel of our ever- growing retail portfolio with a £2.9 million refit programme due to be complete by September 2016.

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“Our concept store was born in Belfast so it was important for us to feature the best of Northern Irish heritage with traditional red ‘Belfast brick’ walls, contemporary wooden floors and striking ‘Harland & Wolf Yellow’ display cabinets – a nod to the shipyard industry where renowned ships including the Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic were built.

“Winning gold ahead of others including Tresor Paris, Laing Edinburgh and Mococo, to name a few, very much validates how our new in-store design has given our customers a brand new shopper experience, allowing us to stay competitive on the high street.”

A Bit About Argento

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With 60 stores across the UK and Ireland, Argento has become a well-known brand, experiencing solid, rapid growth in all its key market areas, and particularly online – it already operates the fastest-growing online jewellery store in the UK and Ireland.

It boasts such gorgeous brands as Pandora, Swarovski and Michael Kors – to name just a few. Famed for its delicate jewellery as much as its , vibrant eye-catching costume jewellery, we love Argento’s range of big-statement necklaces. Whilst it’s also well known for it’s delicate, adorable charms.

For more information on Argento visit www.argento.co.uk

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