Cockington Chocolate Company opened its doors last year
and hasn't looked back since.
Owned and run by Tony Fagan and Simon Storey, the
company, which is based in the Sea Change Craft Centre buildings at Cockington,
started by selling small amounts of chocolate in the Cockington Court Tea Rooms
which the couple also run, before they decided to split operations and open the
Now, two staff are employed and a third – an assistant
Chocolatier – is about to be taken on.
The idea for the business came from a holiday in France
where Simon and Tony toured several hand-made chocolate operations. Having
completed an intensive specialist course with a top chocolate house, Tony -
formerly a chef - was able to fulfil a lifetime ambition to become an artisan
The business has since become so successful, reaching a
point in the summer when the order book had to be closed, that Tony and Simon
have decided to take the opportunity to open an additional workshop at
Cockington in the New Year.
Tony explained: "Our original intention was to stay small
but we have been overwhelmed with demand and extra space is needed. We will be
keeping the shop on but we reached a point this summer when we had to close the
order book as we couldn't cope with any more orders. We've been very successful
supplying shops and hotels."
Together with extra space to make chocolates, the new
unit will also be used for running classes and courses on chocolate making.
The current shop will be also be used for events such as
chocolate tasting sessions.
Tony added: "Cockington works very well for us. It's an
amazing place to come to work. People love seeing the chocolate being made.
Everything we sell is made by me."
Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver, said: "It's wonderful that
Cockington Chocolate is enjoying so much success at Cockington. Tony and Simon
have an extremely successful formula and obviously are working very hard to
achieve their goals. They are both great examples of how Torbay Council's
economic development company, the TDA, is helping businesses expand and grow at
the South West Innovation Centres, of which Cockington is a unique craft
Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre Director,
added: "I'm very pleased Cockington Chocolate has proved to be so successful
that Tony and Simon are taking on an additional unit. They are very inspirational
people and I can certainly vouch for Tony's chocolate being extremely tasty and
far too tempting! I'm sure their courses will be extremely successful with many
people wanting to learn how to make such delicious chocolate."
Torbay Development Agency (TDA) Chief Executive, Steve
Parrock said: "I wish the Cockington Chocolate Company every success in their
expansion at Cockington Court, which is testament to their talent and hard
work. This company is a great example to showcase Cockington Court Craft Centre
as an excellent business community, in which the artisan tenants and the
complementary businesses at the Court and surrounding village bring a unique
character to this popular visitor destination."
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.