News & Events
Social Enterprise of the Year 2018
We were pleasantly surprised to have won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award at the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, held in Glasgow. This is a great accolade as the award recognises the social impact we have achieved working with autistic people. You can read more about the awards and the finalists here.
Business in the Community National Gala Dinner 2014
We were delighted to have been commissioned by Business in the Community to provide chocolates for their National Gala Dinner 2014, where the Responsible Business Awards are presented.
The Awards were attended by His Royal Highnesses who were presented with our chocolates at the end of the evening.
Our chocolates for the event
Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert, visits Harry Specters - 31 July 2013
We are so pleased that our MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert, visited our premises. He was very interested in the work we are doing in the community, being a strong campaigner himself, for employment for people on the autism spectrum. During his visit he met our two very talented trainee chocolatiers and was quite impressed with the designs done by the students of Granta School. We are very grateful for the help and support he has offered in promoting our enterprise.
From right: MP Julian Huppert, trainee chocolatier Ahsan and MD Mona, displaying the latest offering from Harry Specters - personalised, printed chocolates!
Art project with the Granta School for Special Needs - Linton, Cambridge
As part of our ongoing work on branding, to get a totally different perspective, we involved students at our local special needs school in an art project to design the graphics for our packaging. We were so impressed with the overall standard of their work that we are planning on using some of their designs. We are extremely grateful to the Head Teacher at the school and the very creative Art teacher who made all this possible. Students of Granta Special Needs School at work on our designs - and proud of the results!
MP Julian Huppert admiring the designs by Granta School students
Cranfield University School of Management - Venture Day 2013
With over 250 entrepreneurs, investors, UK start-ups and advisors attending the Cranfield Venture Day on 9 May, this was an ideal opportunity to promote our chocolates. So we sponsored one of the coffee breaks on the day and had the most wonderful feedback on our chocolates.
Presenters at the event included Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat and James Averdieck, founder of GU. Both visited our stand and had good things to say about our chocolates and the social objective of the enterprise. James praised the look and quality of our chocolates and loved the taste, eating quite a few - just to make sure! We are very grateful for the valuable insights given by Angus and the ideas he suggested to take the business forward. All in all, a terrific day meeting and hearing from some of the best brains in the country, successful entrepreneurs and current MBA students. Thank you for all the great comments about the chocolates and the business advice offered by those who stopped for a chat.
Cranfield Venture Day 2013
Harry Specters meets Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society at the launch of the School for Social Entrepreneurs 2013-14 programme
As current participants of the Lloyd's Banking Group's Social Entrepreneur's Programme, we were invited to the launch of the 2013 programme by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London on 26 February. Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, also attended the event and praised the work being done by social enterprises in the UK. Mona Shah, MD and Chocolatier at Harry Specters, met the Minister and explained the story behind the company and the delicious chocolates.
Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society(extreme left) with Mona Shah, Chocolatier and Managing Director at Harry Specters, and representatives from Lloyd's Banking Group.