Family unity key to business growth
Guardian Business Reporter
Published: Jul 12, 2013
At the heart of a country’s independence is the ability of its citizens to provide for themselves and their families, which creates an entrepreneurial spirit. While many businesses have opened and closed within the last 40 years, there are few that have stood the test of time. Now in its fourth generation of leadership, Mortimer Candies is one of those businesses that have been able to make that “sweet” transition.
Ulric James Mortimer Jr., an Inagua native learned the art of candy making from his mother and after moving to Nassau, opened Best Ever Candies in 1928. After initially passing the business on to a few of his sons, it was Ulric’s grandson Cornel that took over its operations until 1998. It was under his watch that the family-owned and
operated business got its name change to Mortimer Candies.
Now, Cornel’s son, Cayle, who is the company’s general manager is looking to continue his family’s legacy. In this week’s edition of Da Plunge, Mortimer said he believes that consistency is the key ingredient that has kept the quaint, little East Street shop open for the past 85 years.
“I think the fact that the family works together is a big part of it. We don’t have the rivalry of this one wanting it and this one doing their own thing. I think all of us come together when we need to make sure that everything is working properly, “ he said.
Since coming into the business in 2000, Mortimer revealed that the business has grown quite a bit, from the modernization of its packaging to adding new flavors and colors. Currently, Mortimer Candies manufactures more than 30 different varieties including suckers, mints, peanut brittle, coconut cakes, fudge and benny cakes.
Mortimer Candies has been a household name for many years, and as it continues to evolve, Mortimer said he is constantly looking for ways to improve the business so that the popular candy shop will be opened for generations to come.
“We are still making our candies by hand. We have changed our wrapper to meet certain standards when it comes to going into the hotels. However, our wax paper wrapping is still being offered here because our older customers aren’t too fond of our new packaging. But when it came to getting our products into the hotels, we had to change our wrappers,” according to Mortimer.
“We are still in the process of growing so there will be certain things changing over the next few years. We have approximately 16 employees. In the next 10 years, I would hope to have at least one other location that is a bit more automated.”
Like its wide variety of treats, Mortimer Candies is showing that their business only gets sweeter with time.