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Mrs Tilly’s

Keira Knightly enjoys Mrs Tillys tablet.

Tilly Confectionery – better known as Mrs Tilly’s – has been making top quality Scottish tablet fudge and macaroon since 1997.

But since starting out with one employee and just a few hobs, the firm, still run by founders Peter and Elisabeth Paterson, has seen its traditional recipes and attention to quality pay dividends, and customers now include Tesco, Asda and the Scottish Co-operative.

An expanding customer base has meant Mrs Tilly’s moving with the times to take full advantage, and the coming year could see the confectioner moving to a new, custom-built factory in Alva, taking on more employees to deal with an increased workload.

As well as seeing rising volume in sales, the firm plans to increase the range, with three new lines due in the near future.

“It’s been a long journey to get where we are today,” said Mrs Paterson. “We’re producing much bigger bulk, but at every step we’ve made sure we are still meeting the same high standards and using the same quality ingredients and hands-on care.”

Although availability of space dictated that the move to a new factory meant a move away from the firm’s original home in Barnpark Business Estate, Tillicoultry, the new premises are planned for nearby Alva, and there was no question of moving away from the area.

With new road and rail links ensuring easy access to Scotland’s central belt and major cities, they can capitalise on the benefits of a semi-rural situation without suffering the drawbacks.

“We’re planning on creating a visitor attraction at the new factory, with a cafe and a shop outlet. People will be able to come and see how we work, and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Ochil Hills behind us. And good travel links mean they’ll be able to get here easily for a great day out.”

Staying in the area will allow the firm to retain its 100 per cent local workforce too – as well as giving access to a large potential workforce for the forthcoming expansion.