Tea firm has success in the bag

The *Teashed is a design-led tea company born and brewed in NewcastleGateshead. As well as keeping our nation of tea lovers supplied with high quality products imported from Sri Lanka, the cool packaging often features limited editions using work from young designers, helping to promote their work. 

Jules Quinn, who ironically admits to only just recently starting to drink tea herself, is the brains behind the business which was set up in 2011. Jules studied Fashion Marketing at Northumbria University and always had the ambition to run her own business. It was when a final year project turned into a promising new business venture, that she realised her dream and *The Teashed started trading. Impressively, just one day after completing her degree, Fenwicks in Newcastle became the company’s first stockist.

In its first 18 months, the business has grown to include two full time staff and supply an impressive list of around 150 stockists including the coolest boutiques, museums and eateries in the country such as Victoria and Albert Museum, John Lewis and the Southbank Centre.

 “NewcastleGateshead is one of the best places for new business growth. We have affordable rent and a network of unbelievably supportive people and businesses. We feel very fortunate to be a part of it." Jules Quinn, Owner, The *Teashed

“Looking to the future, it is my goal to continue to grow both nationally and internationally. I’m committed to providing jobs for NewcastleGateshead and I am particularly keen in working with universities and their students and graduates.We have had two interns from Northumbria and work closely with the university in encouraging entrepreneurship.”

The *Teashed is also being widely recognised by the business world for its rapid rise to success. Accolades include a WIN (Women into the Network) Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012, a Blueprint Design and Creativity Award 2011, and two Northumbria University Awards (Retail and Service and Overall Business Viability). Even more recognition could be on the way as the company is currently shortlisted for another five awards including the Shell LIVEWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Smarta100 Awards and the North East Business Executive Awards for Young Business Person of the Year.

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