Hotel Chocolat’s Angus Thirwell to speak at Alliance MBS


5pm, Thursday 19 November, Alliance MBS West

Founder of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell, is set to speak at Manchester Enterprise Centre’s second Entrepreneurs@Manchester event this week.

To say that Angus is passionate about chocolate would be an understatement because, as he willingly admits, it’s more of an obsession. Together with his business partner, Peter Harris, he founded Hotel Chocolat in 2004 with three guiding principles that remain central to the brand’s success today – authenticity, originality and ethics. Angus eats chocolate every day, tastes and approves every single recipe, and is as much at home in the development kitchen as he is in the boardroom or amongst the cocoa trees. Hotel Chocolat’s pre-tax profits increased by 306% in the last 6 months of 2014 to £6.6 million, with revenues of £ 47.2 million.

Angus says: “I count myself as one of the luckiest people around – to work every day in a business that lives by my obsessions for chocolate, true creativity and honest ingredients, and which also has a link back to my childhood in the West Indies through our cocoa estate in Saint Lucia”.

Angus will be interviewed at the event by Rachel Bridge, one of the UK’s most experienced enterprise journalists.  Rachel is the former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times and now writes an opinion column on small business issues for The Sunday Telegraph.  Her books include ‘How to Start a Business Without Any Money’ and ‘How to Make a Million Before Lunch’.

Refreshments will be available at the event (including chocolate!)

The event is open to University of Manchester students and a limited business audience. Register for your place >>

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