Edinburgh based specialist tea leaf provider, eteaket, is brewing up a storm with turnover up by 33% over the past two years and an increase in staff numbers to 12.
Launched by former litigation lawyer, Erica Moore, the company has carved an enviable reputation in the Edinburgh business community with hotels, cafes and Michelin starred restaurants on her books.
The business has also become an official partner for the British Academy Scotland Awards, and joined forces with Aberlour Children’s Trust to launch eteaket’s Cuppas for Causes, which helps make a difference to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Edinburgh and Assam.
“We decided that we really wanted to rekindle Britain’s love affair with proper leaf tea so with support from Business Gateway we opened the doors of the eteaket Tea Room in Edinburgh along with our online store,” said Erica. “Our journey has taken us on our own tea pilgrimage to China, India, Sri Lanka and Japan in search of the best leaves and we have been privileged enough to have met some of the best Tea Masters and teachers in the world along the way.”
Erica continued: “There is no doubt Business Gateway has been instrumental to eteaket’s success. My adviser supported us to launch the business and has played a key role in helping us grow turnover by 33% to £530k over the past two years.
“He has helped us every step of the way and continues to be a great source of support. His advice on business planning and international strategy has been invaluable to our exporting plans.
“Business Gateway has an impressive network of contacts and has introduced us to many organisations - including Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International - that can help us take eteaket to the next level.”
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