A couple from Altrincham have just been crowned Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year for their vegan chocolate brand.
The founders of the vegan chocolate brand, LoveRaw, have also been named Family Business Entrepreneurs of the Year, as well as the coveted Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year – both for the North West region – at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020.
They are now in the running to be named overall Great British Entrepreneurs of the Year 2020 at the National Finals.
With an amazing success trajectory, co-founders – husband and wife team Rimi and Manav Thapar – started LoveRaw in 2013 with a budget of just £600.
They adopted the mantra “chocolate first, vegan second”.
Since then, the couple’s transparent approach has allowed the business to become an established provider of all-vegan, 100% natural chocolate with no palm oil, no dairy and “no compromise”.
The annual Great British Entrepreneur Awards – now in its eighth year of running – aims to celebrate the inspiring stories of entrepreneurs across the UK and recognises the hard work, determination, creativity and resilience required to rise above the rest.
With the current restrictions in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Rimi and Manav won the award during a virtual ceremony.
They were joined by all other regional finalists online.
Despite complications with the global pandemic, LoveRaw launched its first vegan milk chocolate bar range back in April – alongside the unveiling of a major re-brand – and their most recent product is the first to launch exclusively online.
The delicious Cre&m Wafer Bar is a world first and it was created right here in Greater Manchester.
Speaking on the win, Rimi Thapar – CEO of LoveRaw – said: “We are beyond thrilled to have won not only one but two GBEA awards. We didn’t think we were in with a chance, so we watched the ceremony in our pyjamas, eating vegan yoghurt out of the tub.
“For the past seven years, we have been hamsters in a wheel going round and round, unable to take a step back and acknowledge our achievements. We couldn’t be prouder that our hard work has been recognised and we are ecstatic to have been selected as the winning entrepreneurs for the North West.
“Congratulations to all the winners – we look forward to the finals!
Manav Thapar – Managing Director at LoveRaw – added: “I cannot believe we won.
“Rimi and I consider our dedicated team to be part of our family, not just our family business. From all of us at LoveRaw HQ, we’d like to thank our suppliers and advisors for allowing us to create something special. We cannot wait to see what the coming months bring.
“2021 is going to be an exciting year for us as a company – keep your eyes peeled.”
From everyone here at The Manc, a massive congratulations goes out to Rimi and Manav – you’re flying the flag for Manchester.
You can find more information about LoveRaw via the website here.