A Welsh jewellers has undertaken an extensive renovation of its premises thanks to a six-figure development loan.

Family business Howells Jewellers in Haverfordwest completed the project thanks to a six-figure loan from the Development Bank of Wales, as well as funding from Pembrokeshire County Council’s Houses into Homes Empty Property Scheme.

The latter has helped owner Paul Howells create four new apartments in addition to refurbishing his shop.

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He commented: “We’re really proud of our family business and enjoy the job that we do, helping our customers to choose the perfect jewellery.

“However, our building was in a bad state of repair and needed refurbishing in-order to secure the long-term success of the business and give the property a new lease of life.

“The funding from the Development Bank and Pembrokeshire Council has enabled us to restore the building with a smart new shop-front and four new apartments, safeguarding our future and helping the town to prosper.”

Richard Easton, portfolio executive with the Development Bank of Wales, commented: “Buying jewellery is still one purchase that most people want to do in person rather than online, so there remains strong demand for high-quality high street jewellers like Howells.

“With a very loyal following, Howells has been an integral part of Haverfordwest for over 155 years.

“Our investment has helped to protect this legacy, safeguard jobs, create new homes and support a sustainable and successful future for a longstanding and highly respected local business.”

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