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Shaun Lowthorpe, Business editor
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Life is looking pretty sweet for Norfolk chocolate maker Gnaw - winner of the Best New Business Award.
The chocolate maker, which started trading in March 2011 in Brooke, has recently moved into larger premises in Hall Road, in Norwich as part of a £400,000 investment.
Not only has the business built up a strong national reach in a short time, but is already exporting around the world.
Judges were impressed by this business which has broken into a really tough market.
Its clever branding capitalises on its Norfolk roots, but works nationally and internationally.
The business is already providing local employment, with the potential for much more in the future.
Gnaw is a well-run business with an intelligent supply chain.
Founders Matt and Teri Legon, said the business had grown rapidly, producing 28 different brands of chocolate bar, hot choc shots, and chocolate drops from lemon meringue, mint choc chip, banoffee pie, Norfolk lavender, cherry bomb and peanut butter, and is supplying 600 retailers across the UK and also in Denmark, France and Dubai.
Matt Legon, said: “We hope this will be the start of great thing to come for our business. This award has special meaning to me as I’m a UEA and NBS graduate so it is great for me to be recognised as giving something back.
“It’s a great accolade for our whole team,” he added. “We’ll be putting it up in the staff room so that they can all enjoy it.”
Other finalists were “glamping” company Wild Luxury, based in Sedgeford, near King’s Lynn, and Zing Insights, based at Tharston, near Norwich.
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