Celebrate Gifts gears up for Christmas

A chocolate bouquet company that occupied a single market stall 18 months ago is looking to expand its staff to 40 to handle Christmas demand.

Formerly a Blackburn market stall, Celebrate Gifts now occupies 8,000 sq ft premises in Accrington, with 32 employees helping deliver 150,000 gifts per year.

Fortunes changed for Celebrate Gifts when, in January 2016, it began an ecommerce operation, expanding its range to include household favourites such as Cadburys, Mars, Haribo and a number of American brands.

Now the firm needs extra hands to help manage the Christmas rush.

Denise Clarkson, assistant manager said: "We are continually looking to employ new people and have several employees who had no previous work experience. Some have been stay-at-home mums and others are college graduates.

"We also employ apprentices with a view to them developing their skills and stay with the company. It's amazing how passionate our staff are, they understand that every single chocolate bouquet is an important gift for someone." Paul Bloor, managing director, said the company plans for future growth: "We are always looking to expand. We are working towards introducing more products and entering the corporate sector with recent sponsorship of Accrington Stanley as part of our marketing plan."