North East sisters have sweet idea for business success

Stella and Jodi Kean set up their business, Choclateas, selling chocolate drinks while studying at Northumbria University

Jodi and Stella Kean
Jodi and Stella Kean

Twin sisters are raising a cuppa to success after being named runners-up in a competition to find the brightest North East entrepreneurs.

Stella and Jodi Kean set up their business, Choclateas, selling chocolate drinks while studying at Northumbria University.

With support from the university’s Enterprise Campus scheme, the sisters developed their idea, which combines the worlds of tea and confectionery to produce sweet-flavoured tea drinks at fewer than 20 calories per cup.

The girls took second prize of £2,500 in the annual Blueprint Business Planning Competition, which celebrates the best business ideas from graduates, undergraduates and alumni of the five North East universities.

Choclateas products are now stocked by more than 20 companies including Fenwicks, Virgin Media and boutique hotels, and the sisters have expanded their range to include new flavours such as vanilla, liquorice and rhubarb and custard.

Stella, who graduated with a masters degree in International Human Resources Management, and Jodi, who graduated with a degree in Early Years Education, are now in discussions to sell their range in large national retailers.

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