"Working with Elevator and Business Gateway has been a great experience for me to build and grow my business through one-to-one support, valuable networking opportunities, funding, and opportunities to challenge myself personally - like The Challenge Weekend that I attended this Summer!"
CHLOE OSWALD, FOUNDER
Through a combination of true passion for chocolate and personal experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, Chloe Oswald decided to launch her very own luxury-chocolate business, Chocolatia, from her kitchen at home.
Based in Angus, Chocolatia is a strong case study of the fantastic support that both our Elevator and Business Gateway teams provide.
Chloe has worked with a dedicated Business Gateway Tayside adviser through our Business Boost service and now through our Growth Advisory Service, where she is currently working on financial planning and looking at apprenticeship/placement opportunities to assist with her business growth. Chloe is also in the process of taking on her first business premises in Forfar with space to manufacture larger quantities, as the business has outgrown her home kitchen.
Through recommendation by her Business Gateway adviser, Chloe applied and was successful in receiving a grant from the Elevator Foundation, which she intends to use for improving her packaging and making upgrades to her website. She also gained top tips from our guest panel that will be invaluable to her on her business journey.
Proving her drive and determination, Chloe also took part in our 3-day Elevator Challenge Weekend, where she faced physical, mental, and creative challenges that were designed to push our entrepreneurs beyond their limits – inspiring them to go the extra mile and achieve things they never thought were possible.
Chocolatia’s success continues as the business has recently picked up 7 Great Taste Awards; three 3-Star Awards, a 2-Star Award, and three 1-Star Awards.
Chloe commented, “Working with Elevator and Business Gateway has been a great experience for me to build and grow my business through one-to-one support, valuable networking opportunities, funding, and opportunities to challenge myself personally - likeThe Challenge Weekend that I attended this summer!"