The Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award 2018: Patrick & Vivian Fuller
The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council gives the Lifetime Achievement Award Medal (LAA) in recognition of a recipient’s outstanding contribution and commitment to the craft and industry of Silversmithing, Jewellery and the Allied Crafts. This year the Council’s LAA goes to:
Patrick & Vivian Fuller
Husband and wife team Patrick and Vivian Fuller have together built one of the largest and most successful UK jewellery businesses with a strong reputation for design and innovation.
They are co-owners of WB The Creative Jewellery Group which comprises the casting, bespoke manufacturing and 3D printing company Weston Beamor, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, the precious jewellery manufacturer Domino, and the fashion and silver jewellery brand Gecko. The Group has a high-tech manufacturing facility in Birmingham, a trade counter in Hatton Garden and a purpose-built distribution facility for Gecko in Essex. It employs some 180 highly skilled people across the three sites.
Jewellery was a second career for both. Vivian was a radiographer, who stepped in to manage Weston Beamor in 1975 when her father died unexpectedly. He had established the company in 1947 as the first UK lost-wax casting house. Patrick joined her in the business in the early 1980’s from a successful career in the paint industry.
Patrick has always taken responsibility for the sales and marketing side of the business. It was he who saw the opportunity to create ‘Domino’ as a company to sell castings and components to the trade.
As the business prospered he launched ‘The Domino Handbook’ perhaps the first ever printed jewellery catalogue for the UK market. Since then his vision and keen eye for trends has expanded Domino’s offering to include semi-finished jewellery as well as fully-finished diamond and gem-stone pieces. All jewellery is designed in-house and predominantly created and crafted in the UK with platinum a particular speciality. The addition of Gecko to the Group in 2102 has dramatically expanded its remit and makes it a one-stop shop for retailers.
Vivian was Managing Director for 25 years overseeing finances, manufacturing and human resources and has played a pivotal role in shaping and growing The Group to the size it is today. When she stepped down as Managing Director, having always had a great interest in art and design, she gained a degree in Fine Arts at Central St Martin’s and, as joint chairman with Patrick, continues to have a strong influence in the company.
The Fullers have invested heavily and have consistently introduced the cutting-edge technologies necessary to manufacture competitively in the UK. They have also been forerunners in backing a more ethical jewellery supply chain and were delighted to win the title ‘Ethical Business of the Year’ in the UK Jewellery Awards 2017.
Both Patrick and Vivian have also given much back to the industry. Patrick held key roles within the British Jewellers’ Association and the National Association of Goldsmiths, currently he is President of the National Association of Jewellers. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Freeman of the City of London. Vivian oversees The Group’s charitable activities supporting various local and national good causes.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recepients
2017 Caroline Broadhead
2016 David McCarty
2015 Norman Bassant
2014 Gerald Whiles
2013 Christopher Lawrence
2012 Tony Shepherd
2011 Alex Styles
2010 Dorothy Hogg
2009 Stuart Devlin
2008 Paul Podolsky