AnnMarie Vickers and husband Charlie, a former cleaner and safety officer respectively, were both made redundant from SSI Redcar in September last year, however have re-entered the world of work with the creation of Auntie Ambas Treats and Sweets.
The town-centre shop has since been featured on BBC One’s Look North thanks to its range of speciality products, including a full sized chocolate kebab.
AnnMarie Vickers said: "We are delighted that our business has taken off so well and we are already seeing many repeat customers. Our regulars are also bringing us ideas for new chocolates and sweets which we are eager to try out, such as adding fresh waffles and fruit to the menu and making more use of our chocolate marshmallow machine.
"The Dundas Indoor Market is really proving to be the perfect location for our business. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had from the other tenants and Dundas Centre Manager David Harris."
Mr Harris worked closely with the Vickers, who were also helped by Enterprise Revolution and the SSI Taskforce to start their new venture.
Mr Harris said: "I have worked closely with AnnMarie and Charlie for the last two months. The reaction to their new venture has been very positive and they have started trading strongly in a busy mall. I am eager to hear more about new business ideas and discuss what more the market can offer them to ensure their future success."
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