Fudge Kitchen’s Sian Holt celebrates gaining a Great British Entrepreneur award

Managing director of UK confectionery business Fudge Kitchen, Sián Holt, is celebrating after claiming an honour at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, writes Neill Barston.

The accolades attracted a record tally of 5,300 entries this year, and have been stage in partnership with Starling Bank, recognising the best of the region’s talent recognising the efforts made in forging and maintaining companies amid a challenging backdrop.

Winners claimed their awards at a grand final event held recently at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, with the event marking its tenth anniversary. The alumni have collectively generated over £30 billion in revenue and employ more than 450,000 people.

As Confectionery Production has previously featured, Sián has been at the helm of the Fudge Kitchen business for almost 30 years. What started out as a handful of fudge shops evolved into a fully-fledged artisan confectionery business with an extensive product offering, a strong wholesale network and own label production for some of the UK’s most prestigious hotels and department stores.

She established the business in 1983 and bought it outright in 1995. Her mission for Fudge Kitchen has always been to ‘Make Life Sweeter’, with a vision to be THE expert confectioners creating the most delicious, handmade, natural & trailblazing products in the world.

Fudge Kitchen shops can be found in some of the UK’s most historic cities including: Canterbury, Bath, York, Edinburgh, Windsor & Cambridge. Alongside their traditional slab fudge, they also produce drinking fudge, butter fudge selections, caramels, crunchy brittles, honeycomb and coconut ice – all at their production site in East Kent.

Twelve awards were given out per region for categories including Disruptor of the Year, Entrepreneur for Good Award, and the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year. Notable winners from previous years include Social Chain founder Steven Bartlett, who went on to become the youngest ever investor on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Commenting on her accolade, Sián Holt, said: “It’s fantastic to have been recognised in these awards. The last few years have been challenging for all business leaders, and at Fudge Kitchen we’ve had to make some really big business changes to remain competitive and resilient. I think we’ve come through the other side stronger than ever and with new direction as a brand, putting increased importance on how we can operate more sustainably going forward. I look forward to the next decade at the forefront of luxury confectionery and seeing where we take Fudge Kitchen next”.

This year’s awards also featured a brand-new award highlighting the organisations investing in the training and development of young people. The John Caudwell Blaze Your Own Trail Award looks to recognise outstanding examples of businesses offering apprenticeships, vocational training, and diversity and inclusion initiatives, all in the name of improving young people’s access to work.To mark the milestone year for the programme, entrants had the chance to win over £30,000 worth of marketing support and a tree was planted for every application submitted with the support of Ecologi.

Founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Francesca James, said : “The quality of applications is consistently excellent year on year, but we have been especially blown away by the innovation, drive and determination demonstrated this year. Shortlisting from so many inspiring contenders has been more challenging than ever, with many deserving cases put forward and an ever-growing business community thriving across the country.”


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