Barnsley College student, Kelsey White, has carved the path for her future by turning her love of chocolate and sweet treats into a business venture.

Kelsey, currently studying Level 3 Travel and Tourism, would often visit markets with her mother, selling sweets and children’s toys. As her confidence grew, she began managing stalls at local events. One day whilst she was working on the stalls with her mother, Kelsey visited a well-known coffee shop for a limited-edition hot chocolate. When she was told that it had sold out, she was instantly inspired to start her own hot chocolate stirrer business: Chocoholic. Kelsey began working on flavours and recipes whilst curating a Facebook page for the business. Just three weeks later she had sold over 2,000 hot chocolate stirrers.

Kelsey attended a series of enterprise skills workshops as part of the Enterprise Skills Project. Following this, she attended a workshop organised by Barnsley College’s Enterprise team, showcasing the support available through the iTrust initiative (a joint venture between the College, The Barnsley Chronicle and The Business Village, supporting students to start a business in Barnsley) and ScaleUp 360.

Kelsey was awarded an iTrust grant of £250, which has enabled her to invest in more chocolate moulds, tags, packaging and ingredients leading to a higher volume of sales and increased profit. Her aim is to run a successful café or restaurant one day.

Jess Widdowson, Enterprise Team Leader at the College, added: “Kelsey is an inspiring young woman who was already familiar with the realms of Enterprise by working with her mum for several years. Kelsey has a clear understanding of her market which really impressed both myself and Andy Callard from The Enterprise Skills Project at Sheffield Hallam University. I am really looking forward to seeing how Kelsey’s business grows over the coming months and years, and the new products she may add to her current line. It’s a pleasure to work with such a driven, motivated and knowledgeable entrepreneur.”