Melissa Snover, founder and MD of Katjes Magic Candy Factory, was awarded the 2017 Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the prestigious NatWest Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

The glitzy evening, which celebrated inspirational and successful entrepreneurs from across a huge range of industries, was held at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs had been nominated and a fine selection made it to the shortlist of eleven categories, which varied from family businesses to young entrepreneurs.

Snover has been running her own businesses in the UK for 15 years and is recognised by her peers as a leading innovator in the food technology industry.

She developed the world’s first 3D printer for food to reach the consumer market and founded Katjes Magic Candy Factory in 2015.

In just less than 24 months she has launched her ground-breaking 3D printers in retail outlets across the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and New Zealand.

Her 3D printers make customised candy such as logos, selfies, messages and shapes using delicious vegan and allergen free ingredients, with each candy taking just five minutes to print.

From their HQ in the Custard Factory, Birmingham, Snover and her small team of ‘magicians’ have also spread their magic at events all over the world, including Nerd HQ in San Diego and Heidi Klum’s Halloween party in New York.

Having just launched across seven John Lewis stores in their home market of the UK for Christmas, this respected award recognises Snover’s hard work and vision.

The Magic Candy Factory will be available in Oxford Street from the 22nd of September till the 23rd of December and in the following locations from the 22nd of October to the 23rd of December: Liverpool, Cribbs Causeway, Cheadle, High Wycombe, Southampton, Cambridge.