Man's 'childhood dream' makes him millions after not being able to move legs for six months (Blog by Liverpool ECHO)

Man's 'childhood dream' makes him millions after not being able to move legs for six months (Blog by Liverpool ECHO)

Mario Niszler moved to Liverpool with his brother Tamas to "make more" of their lives.

After moving to the city to “make more” of their lives, two brothers are now successful business owners.

Mario and Tamas Nizler are the brains behind Liverpool-based nutritious sweet treat company Nutry Nuts. What started as a “childhood dream” for the siblings in their home kitchen in Slovakia, is now a business forecast to turnover £2m next year and the brothers are eyeing up a USA expansion.

The idea for the nut-butter cup brand came about after Mario became wheelchair-bound in his teenage years. The 31-year-old, who lives in Tuebrook, needed surgery on his leg after inheriting genetic issues from his grandad, as a result, he “couldn’t stand up for two years and put on a lot of weight”.

Mario, the company’s co-founder, told the ECHO: “The entire healing process stretched out over a span of two years, and I have to admit, it was quite a tough journey. I was just a kid at the time, and my first surgery coincided with the start of the summer holidays. For over six months, I couldn't move my legs at all. Then, I transitioned to using a wheelchair, and little by little, I had to relearn how to walk. It was a challenging time.

“The two things that really got me down during that period were not being able to move and putting on a lot of weight. It hit me hard when I realised that I had reached over 234 pounds (16st 7lb).”

During his recovery process, Mario became interested in nutrition and fitness and quickly found that “you can still enjoy treats and fit them into your recommended daily nutritional needs”. The brother's go-to treat was always Reese’s as neither of them could “resist that irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate” but they got frustrated when they struggled to find a protein alternative and instead decided to create their own. From this lightbulb moment, Nutry Nuts stemmed.

Mario, a former Uber driver, said: “Once I'd fully recovered, I found myself in a pretty low place. The idea of leaving the house didn't appeal to me at all. However, something remarkable happened I crossed paths with health and fitness, and it was a game-changer. Honestly, I fell head over heels for it, and within a span of two years, I shed over 80 pounds (5st 7lbs). My life took a complete turn. I felt incredible, received compliments, and was filled with motivation.”

The business started off with the pair originally creating a protein-packed milk chocolate peanut butter cup from their kitchen as a healthier alternative to a snack. After six months, the siblings relocated to a warehouse in Speke to meet growing demand and the product relaunched as Nutry Nuts, just three weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Mario said: “Tom and I were really eager to make a positive impact with our lives and create something we could truly be proud of. We thought, ‘Where else could we better chase our dreams than in the UK?’ Thankfully, we had some friends living in Liverpool, so without hesitation, we hopped on a plane to Liverpool it’s been an exciting journey.”

The business recently secured a £70,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and the brothers hope this will be used to continue the growth of the business and expand globally. So far, the money has been used to launch five more variations in flavour including pistachio butter and hazelnut.

Mario added: “I genuinely feel like I'm living my dreams. My motivation to build our brand is sky-high, but I also make sure to savour every step of this incredible journey. I know that one day, Nutry Nuts will be the leading protein nut butter cup brand, cherished by millions worldwide.

“It might take years and years, and that's perfectly fine with me. So, I make an effort to embrace all the obstacles and challenges we encounter while spending quality time with the people who mean the world to me. Tom has been my role model for as long as I can remember. I've always looked up to him and have so much love and admiration for him. Working alongside him means the world to me. There's no one else I'd rather share this incredible journey with.”