Joe Walsh has spent 10 years at Laings, Scotland’s oldest family jeweller which has seemed largely unfazed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The business entered last year on a strong footing – in April 2020 it was listed in the Sunday Times Profit Track as one of Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing profits.
Laings then hit the headlines for its sustainability and philanthropy under Joe’s leadership – both moves that radiated confidence given the financial uncertainty of 2020.
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Laings’ Megan Louden said: “Joe has managed to carve his own path through a difficult year, implementing advice on shop regulations but keeping us feeling safe and informed.”
Also mentioning his work to improve Laings’ in-house training and recruitment, she concludes: “The Laings family is a visible presence in the company and with Joe at the helm, I feel we will continue to be a strong team.”
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Correction: This article previously featured an error, referring to a “rift” in the Laings business.