High street tea chain Tea Monkey launches its highly anticipated franchise business. The award-winning brand is now offering franchise owners a key role in the development of Tea Monkey, as it rolls out its funky tea cafes across the UK.

Tea Monkey was set up by Tracey Bovingdon in 2011 to bridge a gap in the market for a high street chain that provides a high quality and extensive range of teas served in a modern environment.

Bovingdon commented: “As a nation of tea drinkers and somebody who loves tea I wanted to create an ethical brand of cafes to quench the British thirst for a new way to enjoy tea. The community aspect of drinking tea is of particular importance to Tea Monkey, so as well as running several flagship stores we’ve now launched the franchise arm of the business. We are aiming to launch six to 12 franchises over the next year in five major cities across the UK.”

Tea Monkey was recognised in 2011 as the Best UK Tea Cafe by the Beverage Standards Association. Bovingdon’s stores won the Best Tea Experience at the Grab and Go Awards (sponsored by the Rainforest Alliance) and received a 5 Cup Award at the Beverage Standards Awards 2012. Tea Monkey was one of five outlets that won the ‘Five Cup’ accreditation, the maximum available at the awards.

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