Tea Monkey is a chain of modern tea cafés which serve a delicious selection of teas, award-winning coffees and a great range of fresh food, cakes and gluten-free items, all served in a relaxed environment with our signature wall-mounted iPads in store for customers to use free of charge.
A 60/40% mix of owned/corporate stores, franchisees, on-line retail and a Hospitalitea Range (wholesale), working together to build this dynamic and refreshing brand globally
We're taking on the big coffee chains by providing a credible alternative and putting a modern spin on a classic British favourite. I love filling gaps in the market and everyone keeps telling me how surprised they are that no-one's done this before!
We are very personal with our service and genuinely engage with our customers. Our team is passionate about the service they provide and it shows. I think people find us a very refreshing alternative.
I was very lucky to sell my previous business before the recession, so I initially began funding Tea Monkey myself. And then within the first six months of launching our first store we'd won a few national awards and I was able to put an investor pack together and seek further investment.
I used to work in the corporate world and even gained a position on the board. Then when I reached 31 I became a bit of a serial entrepreneur. Tea Monkey is actually my third business, though the others were in education outsourcing so the world of food and beverages has been a great adventure!
After I sold my last company I moved to the Middle East with my husband and spent a lot of time in coffee shops. I started to get fed up with getting a very bad cup of tea and paying a high price for it. Then it dawned on me that this was the case even in the UK and that, as a nation of tea drinkers, there should really be a chain of high quality, modern tea cafes.
I built the business with solid foundations for growth. My corporate outsourcing background enabled me to put a robust infrastructure in right from the offset and now we can just plug and go.
Paying consultants to tell us what we already know.
A Jaffa Cake. It's got a bit of everything but it's a classic.
It would probably be Princi in Wardour Street [in Soho, London]. They've got it right: the food, the presentation, the ambience. I think it's incredible and just excellent. I would love to incorporate that level of food excellence within our stores…stunning.
We've now officially launched as a franchise and will be aiming to become the six to 12 franchises over the next year in five major cities across the UK.