Interview With Our Longest Serving Staff Member

Angela Davison started working for us 20 years ago on the shop floor in our Keswick store. She is now a key member of the senior management team, if there is anything that Angela doesn’t know about chocolate then it is not worth knowing.

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What is your first memory of Friars?

It was actually before I worked in the Keswick store. I was about 21 and was in the shop with my friend, we walked past a ceiling high set of shelves full of shortbread. I swear we didn’t touch it but the entire thing collapsed, my face may have gone a little red!

 

What is your favourite Friars product and why?

It has to be the chocolate covered peanut brittle. We have sold this for as long as I can remember. It is the most incredibly moreish thing, peanuts, milk chocolate and toffee, amazing! A mistake many people make in production is not using salted peanuts. This is vital as it gives it that ‘salted caramel twang’, which is a very popular flavour at the moment.

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What’s your favourite part of the job?

I love designing products, particularly for Christmas. One of our key objectives is to rotate at least 60% of our range at any given season. It’s a big undertaking which means we start planning for Christmas in January, which might not be for everyone but I don’t mind as I just can’t get enough of Christmas.

 

How has the business changed over the time you have been here?

The business is unrecognizable from when I first started. We now have two shops and a rapidly growing online and corporate business. We sell a lot more ‘modern’ flavours of chocolate such as chilli & lime and peanut butter. There is also a much larger range of gifts and hampers at any given season.

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How do you think the business will grow in the future?

Online is massive and will only continue to grow, it’s a bit of an unknown quantity really. I think the high street is under threat so it is vital that our stores stay current and unique. Who knows maybe another shop in the future……

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