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The British Allied Trades Federation (BATF), of which The Giftware Association is a federated association, is commissioning a piece of silverware, to add to its collection, to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June 2022.

The BATF, which represents around 2,500 members – predominantly small businesses designing, manufacturing and supplying jewellery, silverware and giftware – owns an unrivalled collection of silverware, built up since 1954. It was started in order to celebrate the traditions of craftsmanship for which our industry is famous, when technological advances threatened the continuation of skills passed down through generations.

The Platinum Jubilee competition, with the theme ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’, is open to UK-based designers and silversmiths, who don’t have be a member of a trade association. Entries must be designed and made in the UK, made of sterling silver and hallmarked with the Platinum Jubilee mark. Winners must make, or have the item made, and delivered to the BATF by 5th May 2022.

BATF president Andrew Hinds, comments: “I’m really excited about the Federation’s competition for silversmiths to compete for the honour to design a piece to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen's forthcoming Platinum Jubilee. The theme is very timely and I’m sure will provide the ideal inspiration for the forest of talent across our industry to express their boundless creativity. I’m very jealous of the judges who will see all of the entries, but I know they’ll have a challenge choosing a winner as competition will inevitably be very strong.”

All designs must be submitted on A4, either hand drawn, painted or CAD drawings together with a completed entry form and must be received at the BATF’s offices by 17th February, 4:00pm.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel to include members of the Federation Board, practising silversmiths and Gordon Hamme, organiser of British Silver Week. The winner will be announced 28th February, 2022.

As well as becoming part of the Federation’s Silver Collection, the winning design will be shown at the BATF AGM in June 2022. The winner will also receive a year’s free membership of the relevant BATF trade association, media coverage and £7,500 towards design, production and labour costs, £4,000 to be given upfront.

For full rules and conditions of entry visit: or contact for additional information.

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