Sweet success at the last stop for chocolate before America
WHEN a fire wiped out business he briefly thought about chucking it all in -- but he didn't.
Perched on the edge of Europe, next stop America, Skelligs Chocolate reopened six months ago following a €1m revamp, which is now finally almost complete.
The artisan chocolate maker Colm Healy built a new €850,000, 6,000 square-foot plant and introduced a tourism component to the firm (you can go and see the chocs being made), while a chocolate school with classes for kids and adults has just opened, as has a new cafe.
Former IT worker Healy bought the business in 2004 for €250,000 and invested €125,000 more. Post-fire, his family put in another €500,000. He hopes sales will be back to pre-fire levels of €650,000 this year.
Online retail accounts for about 15 per cent of sales -- but Healy would like it to be much higher.
Skelligs can make almost anything out of chocolate -- such as these chocolate high -heeled shoes, designed for a bride-to-be who wanted custom hen party flavours.
Sunday Indo Business