Essex & London Jewellers open latest franchise store in Blackpool

We’re now NatWest Group

Come and visit us for all our latest news, insights and everything NatWest Group.


Essex & London Jewellers open latest franchise store in Blackpool

A successful jewellery retailer and a jewellery manufacturer have opened their latest franchised Pandora store in Blackpool, backed by funding from their banking partners NatWest.

DC Franchise LLP is a joint venture established between jewellery retailers Emson Haig, who are based at the Lakeside Shopping Centre and London based jewellery manufacturers Alfred Terry Ltd. Emson Haig is owned by David Shone and Alfred Terry by Chris Burrow, who have been friends and business associates for over 30 years.

Operating under the name DC Franchise, David & Chris opened their first Pandora franchise outlet in Liverpool last year. Pandora is a jewellery and bead retailer. On the back of this initial success they opened two further stores in Manchester at the Arndale and Trafford Centres. Remaining within the North West, the latest store is based at the Houndshill Shopping Centre in Blackpool. Both David & Chris are looking to open further Pandora franchises in 2011.

NatWest has match funded each of the DC Franchise stores. On the back of a growing franchise market in the UK, the bank has also recently launched a £100m franchise fund to support the sector with discounted fees.

Speaking of the success of their Pandora franchises, David Shone said: "We have found the franchise model to be really good for us. Pandora is a good retail brand and has proven to be very successful. Last year saw us open three outlets in the North West and with the level of sales we have seen, we are hopeful of extending this number in 2011. Blackpool is another exciting venture for us and we are hopeful that it will repeat the success of the other three stores."

Adrian Wood, relationship director, commercial banking at NatWest who has put in place the funding for the Pandora stores added: "Franchising is a really good model for business entrepreneurs. Already successful in their own businesses, David and Chris have bought together their knowledge to buy into a successful business proposition with the Pandora chain."

Latest news

RBS to help 2.5 million people each year to be more financially capable

RBS has today committed to helping 2.5 million people in the UK each year to improve their financial capability.

RBS to increase lending to sustainable energy sector following £1.1bn securitisation of loans to UK sustainable energy market

RBS has executed a £1.1bn securitisation deal with Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS), which will allow the bank to recycle capital and increase lending to the sustainable or renewable energy sectors.

RBS launches £1 billion Female Entrepreneurship Funding and announces targets to help create at least 50k new businesses by 2023

RBS has today announced a new £1 billion in funding through NatWest to support female entrepreneurs in the UK to scale and grow – the largest intervention by a UK lender focused specifically on female-led businesses.

We’re now NatWest Group

Come and visit us for all our latest news, insights and everything NatWest Group.

Set Tab for lightbox