Brighton tea business hits £2m turnover

Revenues have topped £2m at a Brighton tea business which was set up by a couple from their bedroom six years ago.

Bird & Blend Tea Co was founded in 2012 by Kristina Smith and Mike Turner. It now has seven stores, including a flagship site in Brighton.

Kristina said: “Although I’ve worked for a tea blend company previously, Mike and I wanted more flexibility over our working hours and knew that starting our own business would allow us to do this.

“We noticed a growing demand for alternative tea blends, but spotted a gap in the market for tea mixologist boutiques in the Brighton area. Once we established our Brighton flagship store, we decided to expand our network across the country.”

The business secured the backing of the Start Up Loans Company, securing £12,500, and now employs a 75-strong team.

Joanna Hill, managing director of the Start Up Loans Company, added: “It’s fantastic to see the amount of progress Bird and Blend Tea Co has made within the past six years. Generating £2m in turnover is an impressive achievement for any start-up, and it’s tantamount to the hard work and commitment Mike and Kristina have for their business.”

Main photo -Kristina Smith

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