Monday, 11 December 2017

Tea business in line for award

A WOMAN who launched a vintage-themed tea service two years ago is in the running for a national award, writes James Burton.

A WOMAN who launched a vintage-themed tea service two years ago is in the running for a national award, writes James Burton.

Charlotte Cavanagh, from Harpsden, has reached the final in two categories of this year’s Best Business Women Awards, which will be announced on Thursday.

Miss Cavanagh, 33, started Time for Tea while working as a florist at White Gdn in Hart Street, Henley, in 2014 and quit the following year because her venture was becoming such a success.

The business, which has nine part-time workers, is based at a unit on the Fawley Hill estate.

It provides teas, buffets and vintage china hire for events and has appeared at the Thames Traditional Boat Rally in Henley, the Henley Show, Woodcote Rally and Fawley Hill Steam and Vintage Weekend as well as catering for river operator Hobbs of Henley’s cruises.

Next year Miss Cavanagh is moving to larger premises on the estate and will introduce a floristry area.

She currently serves clients within about 50 miles of Henley but hopes to expand that as the business grows.

Miss Cavanagh entered this year’s awards by submitting a disc of images and videos from her events along with chocolates and flowers, which she wrapped in a hand-made Alice in Wonderland-themed box.

She put herself forward in the best new business section but was also shortlisted for best consumer business.

She said: “It’s hard work running my own business but it’s very rewarding. I just wanted to show off what I’d achieved but didn’t seriously think I’d make the final. It’s great to know that my little business is appreciated.”



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