Patrick Fuller, joint chairman of the WB Group, said: “We see the addition of Gecko to the WB Group as being a significant step towards being able to offer jewellery retailers throughout Europe a complete solution to their jewellery needs.
“Gecko, like the WB Group, has built its business by providing great design, innovation and service and we believe there is tremendous synergy between our companies. Bringing them together will undoubtedly provide tremendous new opportunities for both businesses and their customers.”
Founders of Gecko Barry Bennett and Kate Carling, along with their fellow owner Mark Stimson, will remain with the business during its hand-over period. WB The Creative Jewellery Group does however intend for the company to continue trading as a separate entity with its current management and staff in place.
Andrew Morton, managing director of all the companies within WB The Creative Jewellery Group, will also become managing director of Gecko Jewellery.