A REDCAR couple, faced with the setbacks of a job-loss and the coronavirus lockdown, chose to turn it all into the opportunity to create their own sweet business.

Kay Tarry and Marc Teasdale have seen demand for their Sugar Noms range of more than 100 vegan sweets and treats soar after starting the business when Marc was furloughed then lost his job as a kitchen designer.

Ms Tarry said: “We had talked about this idea a lot and it was the push we needed really. We have always looked for the childhood sweets that we loved to enjoy as vegans but it proved so difficult that it became a mission.”

Sugar Noms products are sourced world-wide with fudge made especially for them on the Isle of Wight and chocolate from Germany. The website features everything from fudge, meringues and the top-selling bon-bons to liquorice, cola bottles and even wonky noms at bargain prices.

Mr Teasdale said: “Our customers have total assurance that they are buying the best confectionary available for vegans, vegetarians and allergy sufferers with no risks of cross contamination. We wanted to supply affordable treats and everything is tested, ingredient-checked and loved by us personally even though it’s a tough job!"