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Fudge shop to open on booming Great Harwood high street

A fudge shop is opening on Great Harwood's high street, selling a collection of local sweet treats.

Thomas Griffiths, 31, and his girlfriend Mariah Mcentee will be opening a new store for 'The Finest Fudge Company' on Great Harwood's infamous high street.

Close to the new Finch Bakery, the shop, which will be fronted by Mariah, will sell their homemade fudge along with local ice cream from Longridge and donuts from Blackburn.

Tom said: "Living round here, I have got to know Great Harwood and I thought that it looks like a little foodie paradise - let’s get in there.

"We are trying to put a big emphasis on the North West. I have been all over the place trying things and I think the North West is the best for food.

"We are going to make all of our fudge in Clitheroe and then finish it in store so it is as fresh as it can be."

Tom, who is the great grandson of Blackburn shoe king Tommy Ball, began making fudge about five years ago and with the help of a few of his friends, he has toured the country selling his product.

Following on from this success, Tom decided to move up north to be near to family and make something more of the company.

The business has now become family orientated with Tom's grandparents Pat Price, 72, and Alan Price, 67, both helping Tom make the fudge at Backridge Farm in Clitheroe.

Tom added: "About a year ago they got involved.

"My grandma is very good at business because her dad was Tommy Ball. My Grandma has always helped me and advised me.

"My grandad has just retired and he loves coming round the country with me selling fudge and meeting new people."

Tom is now looking for young local people to help him and Mariah run the shop, teaching them all the tricks of the trade from production to packaging.

Once those people have settled into the job and are running the business well, they hope to continue touring the country selling fudge while being able to leave the business in Great Hardwood in capable hands which they have trained.

The shop is set to open later this month and Tom hopes to work with more local food businesses to showcase, alongside his fudge, some of the best sweet goods Lancashire has to offer.

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