VIDEO: Ex-university student’s sugar rush as she wins top small business award

A businesswoman is feeling extra goody goody after scooping a top award.

Melissa Burton, founder of Heysham-based confectionary company Goody Good Stuff, made her way to a glittering ceremony in London last night to receive the Small Business of the Year
award from Apprentice star Karren Brady.

Melissa Burton, founder of confectionary company Goody Good Stuff, displays a selection of products at the company headquarters in Heysham, Lancashire, after being named as Small Business of the Year in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013.  The company, which beat off hundreds of other small businesses to win the title and prize of �2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points, produces a range of gummy sweets that are vegetarian, fat-free, meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Halal and Kosher certified. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire

Melissa Burton, founder of confectionary company Goody Good Stuff, displays a selection of products at the company headquarters in Heysham, Lancashire, after being named as Small Business of the Year in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2013. The company, which beat off hundreds of other small businesses to win the title and prize of �2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points, produces a range of gummy sweets that are vegetarian, fat-free, meat-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Halal and Kosher certified. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire

Melissa, whose company is based in Penrod Way, launched the sweet company which specialises 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.

Her company beat off hundreds of other small 
businesses to win the title and prize of £2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points in the 
Nectar Small Business Awards 2013.

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.

She says Halloween and Christmas lines are on their way.