It’s all smiles for father and son Peter and Richard Cullen who stand head and shoulders above their confectionery competitors. The brand they have created from their base in Ireland, The Jelly Bean Factory, is a sweet sensation in the UK, across Europe and the Middle East, and around the world.
Seventy-year-old Peter and Richard, 49 – “Old Bean” and “Big Bean”, according to their business cards – are clearly enjoying their success and are very proud to be up to their necks in producing a high-end, naturally sweet, premium product.
The perfect partnership, father and son have split their roles to match their complementary strengths, with Peter heading operations and Richard putting his business and marketing skills to use in sales and promotions.
But – as they tell EY’s Strategic Growth Markets magazine Exceptional – a key ingredient in their success is failure, and the lessons they learned when the sweet business turned sour for their previous employer.
If you need a bit of inspiration and a sugar fix to get you started this week, read the full story of this family business’s journey to success by clicking here.