A LANCASHIRE businesswoman is feeling extra goody goody after scooping a top award.
Melissa Burton, founder of confectionary company Goody Good Stuff, will make her way to a glittering ceremony this evening to receive the Small Business of the Year award from Apprentice star Karren Brady at the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013 in London.
Melissa, who lives in Bamber Bridge, launched the sweet company that specialised in vegetarian, fat-free, meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Halal and Kosher certified, in 2010.
She said; “My mum and other family members who are teachers mentioned that there was always a problem when they wanted to take treats in for their pupils because maybe some were Jewish and needed kosher food or maybe some were vegetarian so I looked into creating a range that everybody could enjoy.
“We came up with the idea in April 2010 and we launched in September of the same year.
“When you’re a young start up with only one decision maker you can get things done a lot faster so that’s certainly an advantage of being a small business.
“You need to start making some money!”
The New York native moved to Lancashire in 2003 where she attended Lancaster University and began running Goody Good Stuff from Heysham.
The company, beat off hundreds of other small businesses to win the title and prize of £2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points.
Melissa said; “I’m honoured and delighted to have won the award.
“It’s so flattering to be included along some of the nominees.
“Being an entrepreneur can sometimes be lonely so it will be really exciting for us all to get together and celebrate our achievements.”
Melissa’s sweet treats are now distributed from 20,000 outlets across 28 countries and have recently launched in Tesco.
And Halloween and Christmas lines are on their way.