As everyone knows, I am a big supporter of small business. With large corporations taking over and our high streets dying a slow and painful death, it’s important that we support small independent businesses. They are the ones that will keep our local economies alive but only if we support them. And so the blog series ‘Scottish Spotlight’ was born, a monthly blog where I interview a small Scottish business.
For this months feature, I’m diverging a little bit from the theme and featuring the chocolate company ‘Frankly Delicious‘ which is based in England. But hey, it’s my blog and I make the rules! I discovered Frankly Delicious on one of my many Etsy binges while Christmas shopping. One thing I love buying for gifts are unique chocolates which you can’t just pick up on a supermarket shelf. So without further ado, here is my interview with Frank from Frankly Delicious.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?
I am just about to finish my final year at Leeds College of Music studying composition and I started my business last year.
What inspired you to start a chocolate business?
Before I came to university I had a cupcake business back home in Suffolk. While at uni I started baking again for friends and also supplying my uni cafe with brownies and blondies. This time round I knew exactly what I wanted to do business wise and what direction to go. Where as before I did not have the drive to fully commit to the cupcake business.
I have always wanted to do something for myself, the freedom and the rewards of doing it myself.
You sell on Etsy at the moment, what are your plans for the business going forward?
Right now I am in the middle of designing my own website which will include an online shop so I will be able to retire my Etsy shop, which was always going to be something temporary. Website is almost finished and will be live soon! Then once I’ve finished my degree I will start selling at local markets around Leeds as well and selling online.
Your products are always very colourful. How did you come up with this concept?
It started with me finding out about mirror glaze cakes a few years back. Not to brag but I knew about them before they were popular. (They should never be made on Bake Off, you just can’t do it in a day!)
But this got my baking side going again so I decided to try baking macarons. Which took a very long time to perfect. I loved macarons because they were bright and perfectly round.
This then led me to want to learn how to make chocolates after seeing some stunning pictures on Instagram.
To make them so picture perfect you use coloured cocoa butter, which is basically edible paint if you use it correctly. I use lots of different things from paint brushed to airbrushes to get the so colourful!
Do you have a role model that inspires you and your business?
So one person is my mum. Who runs a business she started 21 years ago. She is always there to help me when I need it.
Also Melissa Coppel and Kirsten Tibballs who are two of the top chocolatiers in the business. Both respectively run their own companies.
And also Susanna Yoon, who run ‘Stick With Me Sweets’ in New York. Her chocolates are stunning!
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own business?
I’m really into podcasts right now, they are great for tips and advise and also just to keep you motivated.
Small steps, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and the the best time to do it is now. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, surround yourself with likeminded people who inspire you.
Finally, who do you want to win RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10?
Top 3 – Cracker, Blair and Asia
A big thank you to Frankly Delicious for taking the time to be interviewed. Make sure to check out their brand new website and buy some yummy chocolates. I bought the salted caramel bon bons and the white chocolate raspberry bar for my husbands birthday and they were AMAZING!