The owners of a well known jewellery shop in Helmsley are marking 10 years at the helm by taking over the freehold of the property.
Andy Mardle and Carolyn Frank took over Libby Butler Jewellers in June 2009 and last month purchased the freehold on the building, including the shop and their home, which was available for the first time since 1975.
Running a small business of her own has so inspired Carolyn Frank, she now works full time for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), supporting other business owners across North Yorkshire. Her partner Andy Mardle continues to run Libby Butler Jewellers, which is based on Helmsley’s Borogate. The jewellers was one of two founding members behind the Helmsley in Business group, which now has more than 50 members in the town, and spear-headed the campaign which saw Helmsley named Britain’s Best Market Town in the Great British High Street Awards.
Carolyn said: “So many high streets are struggling, but Helmsley continues to go from strength to strength. Two new businesses have opened in the last few weeks and that’s the stage we were at 10 years ago and we wish them the same success and happiness we’ve had here in Helmsley. When I decided to join the FSB as development manager it was very much because I’d experienced life as a small business owner and wanted to help other independent businesses to flourish.”
Andy added: “We have really enjoyed the last decade in Helmsley, it’s such a wonderful place to live and work. So, we were delighted when the opportunity came up to purchase the freehold of our shop and home from our landlord, who bought it from the Duncombe Estate more than 40 years ago. We have so many wonderfully loyal customers, who come to us from as far afield as Huddersfield and Durham, as well as closer to home.”
To celebrate its birthday the business is also running a competition to win an emerald and diamond tennis bracelet, raising money for Yorkshire Cancer research and holding a special in store event on the evening of Monday 17th June.