Through the GRADS for D2N2 project, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with a package of free and subsidised support to help them identify their skills and talent needs, and benefit from graduate talent in the region.
The Treat Kitchen are a confectionery wholesaler that originally started five years ago with the vision to bring traditional flavours into the 21st-century. Starting with a single shop in Nottingham city centre, the business experienced a period of expansion over the next few years, eventually running six stores across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
However, they eventually took the decision to move away from high street retailing in order to focus on bespoke production and innovation and moved into the wholesale market, a change that became their sole focus around two years ago.
After speaking with NTU's Employability team, the Treat Kitchen decided to explore the option of taking one of NTU’s graduates on a six-week placement.
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.