An entrepreneur from Northumberland has launched a chocolate brand creating hand-made, luxury confectionary.
With support from the free ERDF funded ‘Business Northumberland’ initiative, Stefanja Smith was able to set up Chocolate Smiths from her home in Pegswood.
And she has already generated great demand for her handmade produce.
Stefanj said: “The Chocolate Smiths was merely just an idea a couple of months ago, but thanks to the advice and knowledge of the Business Northumberland team, it is now real.
“I’m doing it and having such a fantastic time.
“Knowledge and listening to other people’s experiences is so valuable and very important.
“They could not have been more helpful.”
The Chocolate Smiths currently sell products at Tynemouth Market every Sunday from 9am to 4pm and supply a few popular independent delis, restaurants and local businesses.
Stefanja aims to open a retial store further down the line and is hoping to also have an online store live in the coming weeks.
The luxurious brand also caters for weddings, birthday parties and a variety of events including the creation of bespoke confectionary.
Northumberland Business advisor Phil Sly said: “After meeting Stefanja I had no doubt that this business would be a success as she has a clear passion for the art of chocolate making.
“This combined with her creativity and a fantastic brand, is surely a recipe for success.”
Stefanja has already taken on her first employee in graphic designer Amy Francis.