A SHOPKEEPER has turned the sour taste of redundancy into sweet success by opening a shop selling old-fashioned treats.
Lindsey Broad, 29, was working for an accountant for an engineering company in Waterlooville when it was liquidated in October 2009.
Her search for work proved fruitless, and in June she was getting desperate.
But a chance conversation with her builder dad, John, led to him helping her set up her own sweet shop in Drayton, near the family home.
'I've always loved sweets,' said Lindsey, who now runs the Drayton Sweet Jar on Havant Road.
'Everyone loves them, but for me it's just a little bit extra.
'Dad said he could help me out, asked me what I wanted to do, and I said 'open a sweet shop', just like that.
'Drayton used to have two sweet shops when it was more of a village in its own right, but they had both gone and we had nothing else like it. I used to love coming into Drayton with my Dad to get some sweets, or to Southsea.'
Mr Broad found the shop from which his daughter now sells penny sweets, lollipops and old favourites like Army and Navy and lemon fizzballs.
'He was just walking along, saw a woman moving stuff out, and had a look round,' said Lindsey.
'Three months later we were open.'
Lindsey's shop opened almost a year to the day after she lost her accounting job. Now it is going from strength to strength, and is proving to be a real family affair.
'Dad's a builder so he fitted the shop out for me,' she said,
'My mum Diane comes almost every day to help me out there, and my sister helps out too.
'My friends also pop in every now and again to help out. I can't afford to pay anyone any wages yet, so it's been a real help.'
The shop is proving popular with young and old alike, but especially with school children who come in for their daily sweetie fix.
'But we've had people come from all over to visit, and the people round here say they want to come in and support us, and say it's nice to see such a cheerful shop in Drayton.'
Lindsey says she has been drawing on her 11-year experience of accounting to make sure she keeps her business afloat and doesn't overstretch herself. But she's also got a keen eye on the future. My dad was doing a job for a lady in Emsworth, telling her about the shop. She said she'd love to see something like that in Emsworth. We joke about it at the moment, but we are talking about it.'