A MARKET town jewellers is celebrating a successful first year trading having doubled its stock and added four designers to its collection.

E DeWastney Jewellers, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, specialises in modern, vintage and designer jewellery and was opened last November by east Cleveland businesswoman Charlotte Fleming.

Despite a general slump in the retail sector, she has seen turnover rise month-on-month and is planning to recruit two members of staff.

"Like any new business, the first year has been both an exciting time and a steep learning curve. I am extremely pleased with the development of the business as it seems we are bucking the national trend," she said.

"This year has been a poor year for the retail sector and the jewellery sector has been severely hit, but my sales and feedback have been very positive and I have been able to add four new designers to my collection.

"Everything I stock is British-designed and made, which ensures the stones used and the craftsmanship are of the highest quality. I am passionate about my ethos to include the best UK-based designers and this concept is something quite new to the area."

E DeWastney stocks jewellery by award-winning Shaun Leane, whose work has been showcased on catwalks around the world, and newcomer Sam Ubhi, whose collections were last year featured at London Fashion Week.

The upstairs of the shop is used to showcase the work of local artists, including Brotton-based photographer Keith Moss.

For more information visit www.e-dewastney.com.