Cockington Chocolate Company takes on additional unit

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Business is booming for Cockington Chocolate Company which this year has taken on a second unit at Cockington and also opened a new shop in Totnes.

The company, owned and run by Tony Fagan and Simon Storey, is based at the Sea Change Craft Centre at Cockington, an environment Tony says has proved very successful.

The business, which places its emphasis on making high quality artisan chocolate has experienced steady growth since it was set up a couple of years ago, initially selling small amounts of chocolate in the Cockington Court Tea Rooms which Simon and Tony also run.

And this winter, the Cockington Chocolate Company will be open seven days a week for the first time.

“Making chocolate is very labour intensive,” said Tony. “We have been experiencing much demand, particularly from wedding orders. We’re now at a stage where we can’t produce the chocolate fast enough.”

And Tony and Simon’s hard work is paying off winning silver in the recent Taste of the West awards.

“It’s all going very well,” said Tony. “We opened our workshop in February and took on a junior chocolatier to help make the chocolate. I couldn't make it fast enough by myself and so we decided to expand and open the workshop in addition to our studio. We took on Jamie Burham and I spent three months training him intensively.

“It’s going very well; Jamie is very interested in detail and also enjoys the creative side coming up with new ideas for products.”

One of the latest products suggested by Jamie is a range of smiley face milk chocolate lollipops which have proved to be best sellers.

“They are based on the smiley faces often used on mobile phones,” said Tony who added that other popular products include luxury squares personalised with names and messages.

Other additions to Cockington Chocolate Company’s offerings this year include a range of courses such as truffle making and cake decoration with around 50 per cent of those attending booking a second course.

And Tony explained their expansion into Totnes:

“We were providing wholesale chocolate to four other shops and so decided to open our own premises in Totnes High Street. It opened at the end of July and so far we’ve employed three staff and it’s building up well.

“The public love to see us making chocolate, so as well as making it at the workshop, we also still make it one day a week at our studio and a day a week at the shop.”

And he said he loved working at Cockington which provides an ideal environment for the business.

“It’s great coming to work here,” said Tony. “Cockington works very well for us.”

Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver said: “I am pleased to see the Cockington Chocolate Company doing so well and taking on extra staff. Cockington Court is a wonderful attraction with a good variety of talented craftspeople offering a range of unique products, and this expanding company adds to the mix with their delicious blend of handmade chocolate. I hope they continue to thrive at Cockington.”

Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses in the Bay. Cockington Chocolate company is one of the 22 studio tenants that can be seen making their own crafts at the centre, and selling unique products to provide a shopping experience with a difference.

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