Women love chocolate. Sure this might sound sexist, but it’s true – try to purchase a birthday card for a friend or relative and if the joke’s not about gin, it’ll be about chocolate. Yes, women have a long and involved relationship when it comes to chocolate – and it’s something we seem to know a lot about. So here’s a question: why aren’t we making more of it? If you haven’t met chocolatier extraordinaire and successful businesswoman Amelia Rope, you really, really should. Entirely self-taught, Rope set up her business in 2007 with little experience other than an obsession with chocolate (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!).

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These days, the brand is available to buy at locations across the globe, as well as at the best London stockists – think Liberty, Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges. Reading through a list of flavours for Rope’s fairly-traded single origin chocolate will have you salivating almost instantly: pale chocolate with hazelnut and sea salt or rose petals, dark with honeycomb or raspberries, or perhaps white with a hint of pistachios or dark cherries. See what we mean? We found out a little more about the woman behind the brand…

Motivation for me is all about…

Getting out there even when you really feel you don’t want to. We all have bad days.

Success means…

Taking my business to a place where I have always believed it should be – its got a bit further to go as it would probably be when I sold out after growing it from zero to something highly prized.

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I couldn’t have got there without…

My dear chocolate diamond geezer, Pat Reeves (co founder sofa.com) who passed away last year from cancer, friends, family and complete strangers who have huge hearts and create opportunities.

I always start my day with…

Walking via my kitchen into my sitting/room office and making a DIY flat white and grabbing a piece of fruit.

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When I don’t feel inspired I…

Go out and hit the street, looking at design, immersing myself in a world outside my business

The landscape for women in business today looks like…

Very exciting. There are really such a huge amount of opportunities – whether that means mentoring, match funding and more.

The trait I most deplore in others is…

A lack of communication.

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I’d like to be remembered for…

Inspiring offers to take a risk and GO FOR IT!

What makes me happiest is…

Feeling relaxed enough with where my business is at to take time out.

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Can I run in heels?

Sadly I’m more likely to be running around in Converse and putting my heels on as I walk inside a building! You never know, one day maybe…

Amelia Rope has been working with Business is GREAT: Women in Enterprise which covers topics from finance to childcare and mentoring to networking, sets out the government’s advice and resources alongside the organisations offering their support.