Bucks puts it­self on the map as choco­late hotspot

Fig­ures show area has high­est num­ber of cho­co­latiers in Bri­tain

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AT­TEN­TION choco­late lovers – Bucks is the cap­i­tal when it comes to cho­co­latiers, new fig­ures re­veal.

Ac­cord­ing to data from Com­pa­nies House we have the high­est pro­por­tion of cho­co­latiers in Bri­tain, which is bound to raise a smile for any­one with a sweet tooth.

There are seven choco­late mak­ing busi­nesses that are regis­tered in Bucks, mean­ing that there are 1.36 cho­co­latiers for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple. This is nearly two and a half times as many as the UK av­er­age of 0.66 mak­ing, Bucks a choco­late hotspot.

South Bucks is home to two of th­ese man­u­fac­tur­ers, giv­ing it a rate of 2.9 cho­co­latiers for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple who live there.

This makes South Bucks one of the choco­late mak­ing cap­i­tals of the UK, plac­ing it fourth out of all au­thor­i­ties.

Au­berge du Cho­co­lat, which has a shop in Pack­horse Road, Ger­rards Cross, and a shop and work­shop at Chess Business Park in Moor Road, Che­sham, is one of the cho­co­latiers in the area.

Anne Scott, who owns the company with her hus­band Ian, said she thinks Bucks has a healthy serv­ing of ‘food­ies’ who care about where in­gre­di­ents come from. She

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TASTE OF SUC­CESS: Anne Scott with her choco­late shop said: “I think there could pos­si­bly be a large num­ber in Bucks be­cause there’s been a colos­sal growth about peo­ple know­ing what they’re eat­ing, and it could be in Bucks the peo­ple are more aware of what they’re eat­ing.

“When we first started nine years ago and I said choco­late tasted dif­fer­ent de­pend­ing on where it was grown, peo­ple thought I was mad, but now peo­ple un­der­stand that and peo­ple are happy to pay £4 or £5 for a bar of good qual­ity choco­late. When you say ‘choco­latier’ that means good qual­ity choco­late, and we’re in an area where lots of peo­ple want that.”

Photo by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410876_2

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