Landmark for council’s business support scheme

START UP: Coun Alistair Bradley with business owner Victoria Garside at Chocobella
START UP: Coun Alistair Bradley with business owner Victoria Garside at Chocobella
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A mouth-watering business milestone has been reached in Chorley.

Luxury chocolate shop Chocobella has become the 200th business to receive help from Chorley Council since its new business support scheme was launched.

The Chapel Street shop is owned by Victoria Garside who chose Chorley as the location for her first ever business after spotting the ‘ideal shop’ online.

It was a relocation to Lancashire to be closer to family which led to a change of career and Victoria opening Chocobella, which is also a traditional and specialist dietary sweet shop.

“I had been working in customer services for a council in Yorkshire but came back to my home county to be closer to family,” she said. “I also wanted to experience something completely different and start a new career.”

She then stayed with her cousin Nickki Powell, proprietor of CA Holics Chocolate Shop in Buckingham – and that’s when she found out just what she wanted to do.

She said: “I loved it, I just knew that this was it for me.”

Victoria sourced specialist suppliers and can now boast of being the sole supplier in the local area of the luxurious House of Sarunds’ continental and British confectionery.

“The business is going very well and I’m pleased with the help I’ve already received from the council and it’s also good to know that there is the mentoring and support available from the council as well.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader, said: “Ensuring Chorley has a strong economy is one of our key priorities which is why we set up our service to help start up businesses and existing businesses to flourish and thrive.”