Eddie worked his way up the ladder at Waller and Hartley, learning his trade to become a master confectioner. He then spent a brief spell managing another local factory, Hornby Confectionery. It was there he met his future business partner Mossie Parker.


Eddie and Mossie became well-respected businessmen in Blackpool, opening their own candy factory, The Ashton Candy Company, along with Albert Gubay (who went on to found Kwik Save). They built up a mutual respect with their customers and were working all hours just to meet the public demand!


They started the day by boiling 50kg of sugar and glucose and pouring it onto a giant tray to cool until it was a manageable, sticky blob as big as a suitcase! This blob was then coloured and made into different types of candies, some with lettering and designs in them. It is still manufactured in this way today.