Andrew Kennard is the owner and CEO of luxury vegan and kosher products, Kennard’s Artisan Chocolates. Andrew talks to us about how he was inspired to begin his business as well as the challenges and opportunities that the current economy poses to the UK’s mid-market.

Establishing his business in 2012, Andrew had always intended to begin his own food business from his experience in the industry from the early age of 14. Though before pursuing his ensuing dream, he first began training and qualifying as an accountant at BDO.

In 2009, Andrew’s eyesight started to deteriorate and it took six operations and procedures to regain his vision. Andrew became inspired to use his entrepreneurship and ambition to embrace his passion. With his accountancy qualification gained whilst at BDO, Andrew was able to build his strategic business plan based on his philosophy; to make the best chocolates using the finest ingredients.

The particular choice of ingredients is reflected in the machinery he chooses, which is manufactured in the UK. Kennard’s are now pursuing to grow internationally in the Canadian and Israeli markets. Kennard’s is an example of how the drive of small and mid-sized businesses helps them to grow, helping to UK economy to thrive.

In this video, Andrew speaks about his story in more detail and tells us how the new economy affects his business.

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