Starting a business in Brighton: Chocadyllic

The Brighton chocolate "edible art" start-up with its very own networking group advises on where to find funding and meet fellow entrepreneurs...

Company name: Chocadyllic
Founder: Evelyn Day 
Founded: 2013
Description: Chocadyllic is the home of great looking and great tasting cakes. Our mission is to create high-quality, top-end, beautiful, unique, bespoke, tasty and delicious chocolate art cakes.
Website: www.chocadyllic.co.uk

What’s great about starting a business in Brighton?

Brighton is an inspirational city, full of creative people. People in Brighton are open minded and like new and different creative things. It’s a big city but everyone knows everyone, and my business has developed primarily by word of mouth. Everyone has been incredibly supportive and Brighton has continued to thrive even through the recession.

What business support in Brighton have you used? How was it?

Brighton Council was very helpful and supportive. As a food business we needed to get the correct certification – Health & Safety and Food Hygiene Certificate. We contacted the council and were sent information and advice we needed to prepare for our kitchen to be inspected.

Name the top three reasons to set up a business in Brighton:

  1. There are plenty of people in Brighton with a good enough quality of life to afford to use your business and people here support creativity. There is a great flamboyant market
  2. There are plenty of activities for everyone – it’s a real hive of creativity and art and culture, from the Brighton Festival in May to the Artists Open Houses and there is fabulous architecture like the brightly coloured little houses in East Brighton and the beautiful Brighton Bandstand on the beach
  3. Easy access to London also makes Brighton a great place to run a business plus there are many great independent retailers selling creative wares and foods of all sorts

Where could Brighton be better / what does it need?

Overall Brighton is great, especially for a business in the creative industry but it would benefit from a proper enterprise zone – something we believe is in the works!

How easy has it been to access finance to grow?

We’re currently self-financed and not sure if there are many resources for businesses looking for finance; however the Coast 2 Capital programme offers companies based in Brighton money to enable growth.

Where do you go to network in Brighton?

Brighton has a great networking community. There are so many different networks and we’ve met many like-minded people who have been and are very supportive. There are a wide variety of networking events that are easy to access. We currently attend four to five networking events a month.

We started our own networking group, Brighton & Hove Business Women; it has over 100 members that meet every month and support each other with business development and growth.

Where do you take a client for a business lunch?

Brighton is full of so many places – we particularly like Tookta’s on Spring Street. It is a tiny restaurant run by a husband and wife – they serve delicious Thai Food.

Where’s great for a company night out?

Our networking group meets at The Emporium – a fairly new establishment but a great place to meet up for an evening.

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