A jewellery shop in Rugby is celebrating ten years in business under the current owners this weekend.
The jewellers, in Sheep Street, employs four people, and offers a variety of services including repairs, valuations, fine jewellery (from silver to gold) and diamonds.
Over the years M and M, owned by Catharine and John Linnell, has gained a reputation as a high end jewellers and hopes to maintain it over the next ten years.
Catharine, who qualified as a gemmologist at the Birmingham Jewellery School, has been in the trade for over 35 years and has considerable experience.
Prior to purchasing the business, following the retirement of the previous owners Mike and Maggie Billins, she had worked in the shop for ten years. Catharine loves the jewellery trade today just as much as she did when she first started and now her daughter, Francesca, manager of ‘M and M’, plans to follow in her footsteps.
Catharine said: “Time has flown by but I have loved every minute. We are very proud of our business and hence wanting to celebrate its 10th birthday. We cater for a variety of budgets and tastes and can do small items as cheap as ten pound for children as well as source high quality diamond goods. We are competitive on price but will never drop the quality...something that often goes hand in hand.”
Catharine continued: “We would like to say a special thank you to our customers for their continued support over the past ten years and hope they will continue to support us through the next stage of our journey. We also need to say a special mention to our team who have worked incredibly hard and been fantastically loyal; in particular Elizabeth Allcock who has been with the business from the beginning.”
Aftab Gaffar, Managing Director of Rugby First, said: “M and M Jewellers are a great independent business and have stood the test of time by providing customers with what they want over many years. They also own two other businesses in town on the same street, ‘Serenity @ M and M’ and ‘M and M Watch Gallery’. I wish them many more successful years of trading in the town.”