The Week of the Circular Economy was a great success for Schijvens this year! Not only did we get a fantastic start this week with winning the Circular Award 2020 in the Business category, but we were also interviewed on Radio Circulair and ended the week with the gong!
Last Thursday we were called by Radio Circulair. During Circular Economy Week, Radio Circulair has high-profile interviews, as does our owner Shirley Schijvens. During this fragment, Bas summarizes the final of the Circular Award and in a few minutes the owner Shirley explains what our family business Schijvens is all about. You can listen to the fragment right here.
Finally, on Friday Shirley was allowed to end the Week of the Circular Economy with the sound of the gong on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange. This was also the opening of the Inside exhibition.
Opening the trade with an audio signal is an old practice. The first Koopmans scholarship from Hendrick de Keyser already had a tower with a clock that was sounded when “entering and leaving the fair”. But the gong tradition goes even further back. Up to 1592 to be precise. That year, the Amsterdam city council tried to create order and regularity in the stock market trading at that time at the Nieuwe Brug with a first set of rules. There were rules of conduct, fixed trading times and a stock market servant. At set times the stock market servant rang a bell to open the stock market. Those who were late were fined. Fortunately, that fine no longer exists. The gong tradition still, for more than four centuries now!
In short, this was a great week to remember!
De beursgong op de vloerhandel. (z.d.). Geraadpleegd op 10 februari 2020, van https://www.beursgeschiedenis.nl/moment/de-beursgong/