SUCCESS is brewing for a young entrepreneur who is setting up shop in a Newcastle department store.
Jules Quinn will be setting up a pop-up tea store to showcase her TeaShed range at Fenwick on April 20.
It is a range she has developed at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead with the help of Northumbria University’s Graduate Enterprise Scheme and Stephen Slater, director at RMT accountants and business advisers.
Her design-led range is stocked by Fenwick, John Lewis, Moonpig and the V&A and Jules has also set up pop-up tea tents at music festivals T in the Park and V Festival.
Jules was named Young Businessperson of the Year at The Journal-backed 2012 North East Business Executive of the Year Awards.
She said: “I always knew I wanted to run my own business, and to get the most enjoyment that I possibly could out of doing so, so once we had developed and refined the TeaShed concept, it was simply a case of getting out and making it happen.
“We’ve grown very quickly taking on staff and outsourcing other aspects of the business such as accountancy.
“I think one of the best things any business can do is take on an accountant, and with RMT, we’ve had tremendous support right from the start – they make invaluable help and advice available on tap, and have been key in helping us pull our Fenwick proposal together.
“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without Northumbria University, both from the quality of education they gave me and the support that helped me get the business going, and having all of these people and organisations that really care about the business from such an early stage has made a huge difference to where we are now.
“Taking the TeaShed into Fenwick is an important landmark, and we will in fact be celebrating our second birthday there on May 16.
“It is fantastic that we have stayed listed with such a reputable retailer for all this time and that now we are taking things further with our first ever pop-up, serving teas, cakes and afternoon teas. Fenwick have put a great deal of effort into supporting us and this pop-up will celebrate the importance of local support.”
Stephen Slater added: “The quality of what Jules wanted to do stood out from our very first meeting. She’d already envisioned what her products were going to look like on the shelves of the retailers that she wanted to sell them, and she thrived on the ideas and advice that we were able to give her.
“Jules’ original use of design is the key to the company’s success, and her drive and ambition set a fantastic example for the next generation of young North East entrepreneurs to follow.”