A firm specialising in snacks for people with specific dietary requirements is looking at a bright future after appearing on a new Channel Four documentary.

Butterfly Snacks managing director Tariq Malik began producing his own line of gluten-free products after a family member was diagnosed with coeliac disease.

But, as with many small businesses, finding finance to expand was proving tricky.

That was when he heard about the ‘Bank of Dave’ programme, which will be screened tonight.

The documentary features Colne businessman David Fishwick and follows his attempt to set up a profitable bank in 180 days.

The self-made millionaire, who made his name with his North Valley Road minibus and vans empire, said he wanted to share his vision of a ‘people’s bank’ which aims to give entrepreneurs a leg up.

Thanks to the show, Mr Malik has been able to invest in further machinery, and also gain publicity for his business, based at Whalley Range in Blackburn. Mr Malik said: “The publicity from the show will be very helpful.

“After much trial and error, and with no prior catering experience, I set up Butterfly Snacks in 2006.

“I set up my business with very few resources.

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Mr Malik, 37, said that since launching his firm he had been able to expand his range to now cater for wheat intolerance, gluten intolerance and wheat allergies.

He added: “The products are beneficial for those suffering from ADHD, autism, eczema and diabetes.”

Now, thanks to his expansion he is hoping to see his products stocked in major supermarkets within six to 12 months.

The first of two episodes of Bank of Dave will be shown on Channel 4.