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Starting up

Posted by Nick and Louise on 15th December 2012

Starting up

A few of you have been asking about how we came about and how we financed teapigs. It was an unusual set up in some ways. Louise and I used to work for Tetley – that’s where we learned so much about tea. We knew there was much more to tea than dusty teabags and we wanted make real quality whole leaf tea more accessible in Britain. So, armed with our business plan, we gained our start up finance from Tata Tea (who also own Tetley) and in 2006, we both left our jobs to start up teapigs as a totally independent business. Since then we’ve come a long way. We’ve certainly grown, teapigs can be found all over the UK and in many other countries and there are now 15 of us in all working from our office in Brentford

 Our experiences over the last 6 years have been ones of building a brand and a business from scratch by hard work, risk taking, fast decision making, intuition, passion, a good deal of fun and a measure of good luck. And of course the fact that you as customers seem to share our love of quality whole leaf tea. The whole teapigs team is proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.  Of course we’re thankful for our start up investment but we’re even more thankful for our independence and ability to determine our own destiny. We’re looking forward to the years ahead, of continuing to do what we believe in and, of course, in growing the interest in real tea.

If you would like to come and chat to us then the door of our little office in Brentford is always open.  We are happy for people to come and see where we independently operate from and meet the team. Just email nick@teapigs.co.uk if you would like to arrange a visit.