Rachael Rhodes - Chocolate Cellar

Chocolate Cellar on the Wirral named among 100 Best Small UK Businesses

A couple of months ago we found out that there was a real life working chocolate factory right here on Merseyside, so of course we had to send the cameras along to check it out, and with them went The Guide Liverpool’s very own chocoholic Rachel Rhodes. You can watch the video here…

Great news this week though for The Chocolate Cellar, which has become famous for creating an amazing array of both sweet and savoury snacks for chocoholics, has been named among the 100 small businesses in the UK to be celebrated by Small Business Saturday, the campaign that culminates in the UK’s dedicated day for small businesses on December 3rd.

Chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberries, chilli-chocolate and macaroons are just some of the treats sold by The Chocolate Cellar through its online shop, farmers’ markets and other local outlets. The company also runs chocolate-making sessions for all ages, visits schools and local community groups to talk about issues relating to chocolate and the cocoa trade as well as running workshops and tastings for birthdays and hen parties. The company will now be among the select number of businesses to be featured by the campaign one per day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday itself.

“I learnt how to make chocolate through an online course,” explains founder Bala Croman.

“When testing my attempts on friends and family they encouraged me to sell them. So I started selling through local farmers market, then opened a shop and then expanded into the city centre. Sadly the rent and rates were extortionate and hard lessons were learnt about keeping my head above water. I closed the shop and started again from home and focused on areas other than just retail.This has helped to build our reputation as a first class small business providing amazing experiences for any age group.”

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