A little boutique has seen big success as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary, despite high business rates.

Frippery, a boutique in Sir Isaacs Walk in Colchester, has offered quirky homeware and jewellery since 2008.

Founders Clare Oakey and Kim Wade doubled their retail space to accommodate new product lines and their growing vintage range.

In May, they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Clare said: "We have made the decision to remain in Colchester town centre, we did consider other locations however our customers want us to stay. "We believe the town has much to offer, we certainly know much needs to be done and are reassured by plans for future improvements. We are in favour of the proposed BID (business improvement district) which would see a management company run the town centre, businesses would contribute towards this but if it provides a new vibrancy and a more desirable town then it will be worth it."

She said trading was tough in the town centre with high business rates and rents, yet there was still an appetite for a town centre to be proud of.

She added: "Our feedback is customers want diversity, especially a good mix of independents plus multiples, restaurants and businesses.

"We feel there is a place for both a thriving historic town centre and out of town retail sites and they should not be mutually exclusive. However the town centre should not be forgotten in the process of these new ventures."

To celebrate the anniversary of being in town, staff decided it was time to give Frippery a facelift.

The store will be closed until March 3.