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Hello

Meet the Team

We have grown into quite a team – a bit different to start up when it was just Andy & Claire doing everything with a toddler in tow!

Claire

  • Co-Founder
  • AKA: The Top Tipper
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Arbequina & Sea Salt
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Opening our new Winchester shop in time for Christmas 2013
  • Most life changing event: Sailing around the world in the BT Global Challenge in 1996/7
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Cherub, top tip of the day, cool beans

Andy

  • Co-Founder
  • AKA: Mr Big Chocolate
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Passionfruit Caramel
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Opening Exeter chocolate house, it’s the most splendid to date – but watch this space.
  • Most life changing event: Driving to Cape Town (BC3 – Before Chocolate, Before Children, Before Claire)
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Goodo

Chris V

  • Retail Manager of All Chocolate Houses
  • AKA: Retail King (& Chief Chocista)
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Kumquat Twist
  • Proudest Chococo moment:Seeing all three of our stores filled with lots of happy customers.
  • Most life changing event :Travelling around the world for over a year.
  • Can Be Heard Saying: No Worriesl

Chris F

  • Operations Manager
  • AKA: Christof King of Operations
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Megamilk
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Having buyer meetings with key accounts including Liberty, Wholefoods Market & Selfridges
  • Most life changing event:  Getting engaged in Iceland and buying a flat within 2 weeks of each other!
  • Can Be Heard Saying: GRRREEEEEENN ARRMMYY!
 

Dawn

  • Swanage Chocolate House Manager
  • AKA: Swanage Chocolate House Queen
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Perfect Passion
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Working for my Retail Management Diploma
  • Most life changing event: My kids, Lewis, Jensen & Lucas
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Super

Libby

  • Winchester Chocolate House Manager
  • AKA: The (Winchester) Boss
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Wild Thing
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Becoming manager of Winchester store having watched the Swanage site develop each year on my hols - going back again this year!
  • Most life changing event: Walking 26.2 miles for Cancer Research last year and signing up again this year
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Absolutely/Definitely!

Liv

  • Exeter Chocolate House Manager
  • AKA: The Most Energetic One
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Perfect Passion
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Being in the top five of the Summer of Independent Awards and having so many people know who we were at the Christmas Market, seeing as we were newbies that year!
  • Most life changing event: When I was 21 I moved to Rome by myself for a year. You learn a lot about what you can do when you’re all alone in a foreign country!
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Absofruitly!


Georgi
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  • Creative Marketing Executive
  • AKA: G
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Pistachio, followed very closely by Lemon Zing
  • Proudest Chococo moment: So many! Taking ownership of Halloween (Day of the Dead) & it doing really well!
  • Most life changing event : I should say getting married, but I think it’s actually getting my dog Huxley.
  • Most overused expressions: Absolutely smashing it!

Rich

  • Ecommerce Manager
  • AKA: King of Tea  
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Gingerbread Caramel
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Growing the online business to new heights!
  • Most life changing event The birth of my daughter, life was truly never the same again!
  • Can Be Heard Saying: “Let me google that…"

Chloe

  • Digital Assistant
  • AKA: Founder of Hot Chocolate Friday
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Ginger Rush or Conkered Coffee
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Getting through my first Christmas!
  • Most life changing event : Being featured in British Vogue and The BBC.
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Ok Cool!

Ann

  • Sales Support
  • AKA: The Most Organised One
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Blackcurrant Beauty
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Being asked to do Admin
  • Most life changing event Losing my mum
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Smiles are free

Emma T

  • Packing Team Leader
  • AKA: The Crisp Connoisseur
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Perfect Passion
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Making sure the products look beautiful in their packaging
  • Most life changing event : Getting engaged in Iceland
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Yay, crisp Friday!

Kev

  • Production Manager
  • AKA: Kevlar
  • Most Likely To Be Found Eating: Lemon Zing
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Successfully managing our chocolatiers
  • Most life changing event: Having Children
  • Can Be Heard Saying: Yo Yo!

The Rest of Our Team

Chocolatier Manager Kev is supported by Emma, Jacqui, Dan, Jacob & Jordan.
Packing team leader Emma is supported by: Dawn, Penny, Katy, Jackie & Amy 
Allie comes in a couple of days a week to look after our finances.
Steve is our delivery driver, responsible for transporting our fresh chocolates from our warehouse in Wareham to each of our 4 Chocolate Houses. 
Blair & Sandy are our Swanage-based bakers making delicious cakes, bakes & scones for our cafés.
We also have a fantastic team who look after all our customers visiting our 4 Chocolate Houses.

& last but not least, the Chococo support crew, aka our family...

 

Sandra

Sandra

  • AKA: Claire's Mum & (retired) creator of the famous Granny's Tablet
  • Former life: Miss Moneypenny
  • Favourite chocolate: Gorgeous Ginger
  • Proudest Chococo moment: Winning Great Taste Awards for both flavours
  • FAQ answer: Yes I am from Scotland & yes the recipe is an old family secret...

Lily

Lily

  • AKA: The nutter
  • Age: 17
  • Occupation: Focusing on A levels & part time chocista
  • Favourite chocolate: Raspberry Riot
  • Life Goals: to do her bit to save coral reefs
  • Loves: triathlons, sailing, swimming, cycling, running, jazz & any other exhausting activity she can find
Max

Max

  • AKA: Max Man
  • Age:  13
  • Occupation: Hooligan
  • Very proud of this skill: Playing his trumpet with the Royal Artillery Band at his school Christmas Concert
  • Favourite Chococo treat: Strawberry ice cream with all the toppings
  • Loves: hockey, tennis, gig rowing, kayaking, swimming & talking in capital letters