Brother and sister sweet entrepreneurs create ten Northumberland jobs

Clare and Paul Laing, the brains behind the Bit-A-Sweet sweet shop chain are expanding

Claire Laing, one half of Bit-A-Sweet
Claire Laing, one half of Bit-A-Sweet

A brother and sister business team who have created a successful retro sweet shop chain are looking to hire ten new members of staff.

Clare and Paul Laing, who run Bit-A-Sweet, with shops in Morpeth and Seahouses, have enjoyed continued growth across the last 12 months, and are now expanding.

After opening their first shop in Seahouses with £25,000 investment, the pair have gone on to open a shop in Morpeth and a full warehouse operation servicing their online business.

Bit-A-Sweet are now looking for two store managers, a delivery driver, a new member for the admin team, an area manager and three event co-ordinator roles.

Clare Laing said: “For me being a kid was all about the excitement of taking your pocket money and running to my local sweet shop and getting my own selection of sweets made up in a penny mix up bag. That time has disappeared for some reason, and I want to bring it back, so kids of today can experience that same excitement as I once did in my youth.”

Using a trial and error method to test the market with different varieties of sweets, Clare and Paul have grown their current stock to boast 200 lines - including many sweets that have disappeared from mainstream stores.

Both Bit-A-Sweet’s Seahouses and Morpeth stores employ three members of staff each.

Clare and Paul have now diversified into catering for events such as weddings, offering wedding favours, dressed candy carts and buffet’s, as well as sweet centre pieces. They also cater children’s birthday parties and corporate events.

For information on jobs contact Bit-A-Sweet via their website: .


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