A Chocolate Cottage in the lake district isn’t the most obvious self employment choice for a teacher of vocational skills from Somerset. However, a period of illness and time away from work allowed Richard to re-evaluate his life and his future plans.
Richard and his wife Angela decided to return to their grass roots of Cumbria and considered many business opportunities before agreeing to open a chocolate shop.
Accessing a £9,000 Start up Loan through Get Started has allowed Richard to develop the business by creating a brand new website with e-commerce capability.
Richard understands the importance of branding and is developing the brand to ensure they are perceived as a luxury product both locally and further afield. Contracts have already been secured with local retail outlets and there are further plans to promote the chocolates to hotels and larger outlets.
Richard talked to Get Started about the effect of having a mentor has had on his business. Richard said “Our mentor has had a very positive effect on our business. It has made us stand back and look at what we have achieved but more than this look at what we want to achieve in the future leaving us with more questions than answers (but in a positive way!)
Overall Richard is very satisfied with his new business and life and would encourage anyone thinking about starting to do it today!