FIRST time business owner Courtney Hall is hoping her new shop will be a sweet success.

Courtney, 22, has recently opened ‘Sweet Delights’ in Stonehouse High Street, selling candy floss, Ice-cream, birthday cards, handmade chocolate and of course a wide range of traditional sweets.

Since opening at the end of March plenty of customers have already gone through her doors and she is hoping the popularity will continue.

Courtney said: “There aren’t any traditional sweet shops in Stonehouse so I thought the town needed one.

“I’ve been really pleased by how many people have come to the shop and I hope it continues.”

Having left her job as the manager of a bakery, Courtney decided she wanted to follow her dream of owning her own business.

She said: “To be honest I was very bored of my job in the bakery and wanted to do something different.

“I’ve always wanted my own little shop, but I wasn’t really sure what kind.

“There isn’t anything like my shop in Stonehouse, so I thought it was a good idea.

“I source the sweets in Avonmouth near Bristol, so it’s quite local.”

Courtney who grew up in Quedgeley and Wotton-Under-Edge attended Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School.

She now lives with her partner Rene Cullen-Bond in Berkeley, who helped her with a lot of the shops reconstruction.

“We gutted the whole shop and re-did it from scratch, Rene was a great help doing that.

“I want to thank my mum Lisa Hall who lent me some money to get started, my sister Francesca and my mother in law Sally Cullen-Bond who have both been incredibly supportive.

“I really enjoy working in my shop and who knows, maybe I’ll expand one day.”

If you would like to pay Sweet Delights a visit it is situated on Stonehouse High Street next to The Barber Shop.

Opening hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and Saturday Morning.