Grand Prix deal puts Peterborough chocolate sweet maker in the fast lane

Melissa Jarvis, managing director of Lady Chocolate.
Melissa Jarvis, managing director of Lady Chocolate.

A start-up company in Peterborough that makes chocolates by hand has just secured its largest and most prestigious contract.

Lady Chocolate, which operates out of the Eco-Innovation Centre, in City Road, has been named as an official partner for the Grand Prix Ball that takes place tomorrow at Blenheim Palace.

It is our largest out-of-season order and our most prestigious.

Melissa Jarvis, managing director

The firm will supply 550 boxes of truffles for guests at the ball - a glamorous celebration ahead of the start of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone at the weekend.

It will also be hosting a table at the ball with guests from a number of Peterborough companies.

The ball takes place against a glitzy background of F1 cars, demonstrations and F1 celebrity guests.

Managing director Melissa Jarvis said: “It is our largest out-of-season order and our most prestigious.

“We are absolutely delighted and really looking forward to the event.”

Created just over a year ago, the company, has five staff who produce about 1,000 chocolates a week by hand as well as a range of cakes and even chocolate candles,

For the future, Melissa said the aim was to grow the firm and open an outlet in the centre of Peterborough.

She said: “It is something our customers have asked us for and we will do it when it is right for the business.”

At the moment, Lady Chocolate is focusing its efforts on the production of Ice Dream - very much like ice cream but without dairy products.

Suzanne Greig, director, added: “The team is very excited to have an opportunity to provide our chocolates to such a prestigious event.”