The owners of Libby Butler Jewellers have celebrated a decade in business by purchasing the freehold of the property it trades from.

Andy Mardle and Carolyn Frank took over the well-known Helmsley jewellery store in June 2009 and last month purchased the freehold on the building, which was available for the first time since 1975.

To celebrate this milestone the business is running a competition, giving consumers the chance to win a diamond and emerald tennis bracelet worth almost £1,200.


Anyone can enter the competition, either by making a purchase from the shop, or by buying a ticket for £2 – with all of the proceeds from the tickets going to Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Libby Butler Jewellers will also be hosting a special evening event on Monday June 17, when the competition will launch.

The owners tell Minster FM: “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 local landlord Brian Nellist, who bought it from the Duncombe Estate more than 40 years ago.”

Running a small business of her own inspired Carolyn Frank, and now she 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.

Frank says:  “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 – Mr & Mrs Porters luxury accommodation and florist Twig & Twine.”