BBA alumnus wins Barclays new business competition with nitro ice cream idea
BSc in Business Administration alumnus Charlie Francis, has won a £50,000 investment for his liquid nitrogen custom ice cream parlour, after winning the South West final of the Barclay’s One Small Step Competition.
Charlie won with his idea to start a business making nitro ice cream, called Lick Me I’m Delicious. A new generation ice cream parlour, it will offer hand-churned ice cream creations from a ‘seemingly limitless combination of flavours and ingredients.’
Charlie secured the win by receiving the most public votes of all the finalists in the South West region.
The Barclay’s Take One Small Step Competition was launched to give entrepreneurs across Great Britain the help they needed to boost their business ideas. There were nine winners in total across the country.
Charlie plans to use his winnings to open his first custom nitro ice cream parlour in Bristol next summer. In the meantime, he’s busy making ice cream creations at various events around the country.
“I still can’t believe I won the competition. It’s an incredible opportunity and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. Now let’s eat some ice cream.”
Charlie has a colourful family heritage at his fingertips; his father is an ice cream maker and his mother is a fantastic baker. He combines these two skills to create delicious frozen creations, mixing ice cream with homemade tasty confectionary and bakery goodness and churning the whole thing with liquid nitrogen.
“I’ve had requests for making nitro ice cream at weddings, Christmas parties and corporate events which is great.” Charlie said. “I’m juggling these with getting the parlour up and running for next year.”
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