Bakery entrepreneur and British Baker columnist Tony Phillips has branched out into confectionery with a chocolate shop in his home town of Cirencester.

Chocolate and Candy was opened just over three months ago and is based on an American-style candy shop. Phillips said: "If it is successful, and we won’t know for about a year, we will think about opening others."

The shop’s handmade range includes seasonal lines, jellies, sugar mice, popcorn, peanut brittle and personalised chocolate bars.

Phillips explained that he became attracted to the chocolate world after becoming a member of Retail Confectioners International (RCI) 11 years ago. This year he was made the first non-American president.