Two Guildford jewellers with more than 25 years’ experience between them have opened their first retail store after a £300,000 finance package from HSBC.
Harrington Brookshaw, owned by Andrew Brookshaw and Paul Harrington, has used the funding to fit out and stock the 500 sq ft premises, located at 157 High Street in Guildford.
The new shop offers a wide range of diamond and coloured stone jewellery and claims to have one of the largest selections of wedding rings in the town. It is also the stockist of British brands such as Deakin & Francis and Bremont.
Brookshaw, director and co-founder, said: “Since opening the new shop, we’ve consolidated our banking arrangements with HSBC to make the whole operation more streamlined. We hope to continue our relationship [with HSBC] as we look to increase stock levels or move to larger premises in the future.”
David Hamblin, HSBC’s area director for business banking in South London, said: “Andrew and Paul have vast experience and knowledge of the jewellery industry, coupled with a real passion for what they do.
“Their drive and ambition to open the shop made supporting it financially a no-brainer for HSBC, and we’re excited to see how it grows over the coming years.
The opening of the store has created two new sales and customer service roles, with the pair planning to hire two additional full-time members of staff.