Husband and wife Martyn and Jacqueline Lamb have struck gold by starting up a new designer jewellery stall, with help from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).
Marla Jones Jewellery, based at Durham Market, was launched by the couple after she was made redundant from her job at a jewellers. They have received start-up support from the BIC, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Jacqueline, from Grindon in Sunderland, said: “The thought of starting our own business during such a challenging economic time was really daunting, especially as a number of jewellers were closing down in the region, but we were soon put in touch with Debbie at the BIC and she really helped the business to get off the ground. From book keeping to business strategy, her advice was invaluable.”
Simpson added: “It’s been a real pleasure to help Jacqueline set up a successful enterprise alongside her husband after facing the challenges of redundancy.
“The pair were able to access practical business assistance to help get them off on the right footing. I look forward to offering my continued support as the business develops.”