somewhereto_ showcase: Introducing Krisi Smith from Bluebird Tea Co.
It’s Global Entrepreneur Week! Introducing Krisi Smith, 24, who started up Bluebird Tea Co. with the help of somewhereto_
We create unique and funky loose leaf tea blends such as ‘Monkey Chops’ - the banana tea and ‘Christmas Cake’ - which sparkles like a snowflake when brewed. We also use our teas and fresh ingredients to make up tea based drinks like iced teas, smoothies and tea lattes. Gingerbread Chai Tea Latte is our favorite at the moment!
Everyone - tea lover or not; we have something for everyone and that is the point of Bluebird. We wanted to make tasty, fresh, healthy drinks that put fun back into tea without all the confusing posh facts about elevation or estates that is usually associated with tea. Strawberry Lemonade is a massive winner for kids - especially iced. Bonfire Toffee tends to be a favorite with the men. MojiTEA is a favorite with the ladies - especially as an iced tea cocktail! There is something for everyone.
It has been challenging managing cash flow and stock… especially for Christmas. Predicting what you are going to sell and ordering in advance for it is so tricky when dealing with seasonal items.
Our mission statement is two-fold: 1. ’ To become the proof that you can be a nationally recognised, thriving company by basing business deicions on spreading happiness and enriching lives’ 2. ‘To have made tea exciting, fun, unique, simple, accessible to all and a regular occurrence both in and outside of the home’
somewhereto_’s spaced_ day was a brilliant experience because we met some really interesting people who gave us some invaluable advise, we learnt a lot from the workshops and we were able to gain experience pitching to spaceholders. We are currently trading at Brixton Market - a space we won through this event and we are working with The Gild as branding mentors which is brilliant.
The best experience with somewhereto_ so far has definitely been the Spaced event.
We desperately need our own office with packing space and we are also looking for retail spaces to trade from.. although mostly temporary spaces at the moment like markets and pop ups.
somewhereto_ offers so many projects covering all sorts of industries and areas. They provide a brilliant platform for young entrepreneurs to meet experts, gain experience and advise, take part in brilliant projects and meet other young entrepreneurs. We are involved with a few organisations dedicated to helping youth enterprise and the standard of help and creative and innovative projects from somewhereto_ by far outshine the others.
We are currently working on Christmas. We have over 40 temporary events to attend from pop up shops, tea cocktail evenings, food markets and Victorian Christmas markets. In the new year we will be (hopefully) moving into new offices and expanding into new packing space as well as solidifying our strategy to continue to bring our ‘pop up tea experience’ to our customers throughout the country.
Website: www.bluebirdteaco.com Twitter: @bluebirdteaco Facebook: /BluebirdTeaCo Entrepreneur Blog: http://thatbluebirdgirl.wordpress.com/
We’re so proud of Krisi! Her company looks amazing. Before we put the kettle on we want to remind YOU that if you have a business idea but you need the space to see if happen, then get in contact! It’s so easy. Just click here