Andrew Pass was awarded the accolade at a glittering award ceremony in London this month, presided over by the magazine’s Group Director, media mogul, Andrew Neil. The WatchPro Hot 100 awards are a new annual business accolade that celebrates the movers and shakers within the UK’s watch industry.
As Managing Director of a third-generation family business that is known as one of the finest independent watch and jewellery retailers in the UK, Andrew was given the award based on his recent expansion of the business, opening the Newcastle-Under-Lyme store (his third, adding to the existing John Pass Jewellers Crewe store, plus The Box, a jewellery fascia in Hanley).
The impressive new double-fronted store drips with luxury brands – perhaps, most notablyRolex and Omega – and its opening has helped Andrew to maintain his astounding record of adding sales growth in all but one of the past 16 years. The exception was 2006, which was hit by large-scale robbery.
With such a track record it is no surprise that Andrew has been honoured for retail excellence before, most notably being awarded the Retail Star of the Year Award at the UK Jewellery Awards in 2011. But this is the first time that Andrew has been given an award specifically for watch retail. And that makes this recognition particularly sweet for him.
Andrew said, “It is a good fit, because I’m absolutely passionate about watches, I love and adore them so to be in the debut WatchPro Hot 100, for me that’s great”.
Andrew is also keen to share the praise with his team at John Pass Jewellers. ”It is essentially a family business and the staff are both loyal and amazing – the average longevity is over 20 years” says Andrew.
Andrew Pass and his team go above and beyond for their customers. In June, they took ten of their customers to Wentworth to watch the gold. Later in the year, they are taking customers to Germany to see their purchases being made. As the WatchPro Hot 100 Award judges commented, “As well as a Bond Street-style store, this retail team have the service standards to match”.