First birthday for Northumberland sweet shop

Julie P�rksen, Linda Jobson, Ian Jobson and Sir Alan Beith MP at Sweetie's shop.
Julie P�rksen, Linda Jobson, Ian Jobson and Sir Alan Beith MP at Sweetie's shop.

A north Northumberland sweet shop has celebrated its first birthday after a successful first year in business.

Rothbury-based Sweetie’s marked the anniversary with a visit from Lib Dems Sir Alan Beith MP and Julie Pörksen.

Sweetie’s, a small shop jam-packed with traditional jars of sweets, homemade fudge and pick and mix, was set up a year ago by husband-and-wife team Ian and Linda Jobson. The retail trade was a major career change for the couple, who used Start Up Loans, a government scheme providing loans and support, to help start their business in Bridge Street.

Owner Ian said: “We have really enjoyed our first year of trading, most of the set-up including the Start Up Loan has gone smoothly. We enjoy the challenge of hunting down traditional favourites that were customers’ childhood favourites. We are looking forward to a busy summer with our customers, from our local regulars to Rothbury’s tourists, walkers and cyclists.”

Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for the Berwick constituency, Julie Pörksen, who lives in Rothbury, said: “Sweetie’s is my local sweet shop. Understanding the challenges and support the Jobsons have faced in setting up and running their retail business across the first year was very useful. A thriving retail sector really helps our local economies in Northumberland to grow and the contribution made by independent businesses is significant.”

Sir Alan Beith MP added: “I am pleased Ian and Linda Jobson have made a success of their business with the help of the Start Up Loan scheme. With more than 25,000 small businesses benefitting from this scheme I hope that many other people across Northumberland will start up new businesses using the support available.”

Information on Start Up Loans and application details can be found on www.startuploans.co.uk