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Layer’s Treats

Tom Newey, aged 22 helped start his business with a Start Up Loan. Established in 2020, his award-winning dessert business, Layers Treats offers handmade Belgian chocolate treats for all occasions. After deciding the classroom environment was not for him, Tom deferred his place at university and began learning how to make handmade chocolate. This hobby soon became a full-time business.

Tom approached Virgin StartUp for a Start Up Loan to scale-up the business further and purchase an Airstream catering trailer. This allowed him to continue producing treats during the summer months despite hotter weather and attend weddings, festivals and corporate days to serve hot and cold desserts. The business was recently awarded best desserts maker in Cheshire and has ambitious plans for the future as it continues to deliver unique desserts to customers across the UK.

Tom Newey, founder of Layers Treats said: 

“After leaving sixth-form college, I initially planned to study business at the University of Durham but decided to defer my place. I struggle with dyslexia so decided the classroom environment was not my style of learning. During this time, I discovered my love for chocolate making which soon became a full-time business.


Navigating growing a business and accessing finance as a young entrepreneur can be challenging but the British Business Bank made the process simple, helping myself and the business achieve what it has so far. Without the personalised support I received during the application process, I probably wouldn’t have completed the application. I am proud of what Layers Treats has achieved so far and look forward to growing the business further and achieving even more success as a young entrepreneur”.

Published on 27 February 2024

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