Steven Wellings and Brian Benn branch out after retailer shuts down.
Two former employees of the now closed Noble Jewellery business in Warrington have set up on their own offering a jewellery repairs service under the business name Noble Warrington Jewellery.
Steven Wellings and Brian Benn set up Noble Warrington Jewellery after losing their jobs when Noble Jewellery closed down last month. Wellings and Benn had worked at Noble Jewellery since they were teenagers but owner Stuart Noble closed the business after 42 years due to a poor Christmas period, increasing overheads and declining sales.
Noble told local paper The Warrington Guardian: “It’s making the best of a bad situation, I could have carried on but it would have been very difficult to make a profit. Now is the right time to get out while we have enough stock to pay everyone and I’m still young enough to enjoy retirement.”
Wellings and Benn had not intended to branch out alone but took advice from Noble, who said that while sales had been declining at his retail jewellery business, the repairs division had been steadily rising. Identifying a gap left by the closure of Noble Jewellery, the pair set up Noble Warrington Jewellery three weeks ago.
The new business is trading from the same building as the old, on Market Gate in the centre of Warrington.