I would greatly appreciate any help or advice you can give me.
For quite some time now my wife and I have been thinking of setting up a teabar/shop. We are recently married and both quite young, and with the shrinking graduate job market strongly inclined to have a go at going into business ourselves. My wife currently works in childcare but has worked in the food/drink industry, albeit for a brief period in the past. I am just about to finish a Masters degree in History, have little business experience, but have worked for a high quality supermarket chain here in the UK.
Despite the current economic climate we really want to start our own business, most probably here in Leicester, England. I would wish to cater for both the tea novice and connoisseur, specialising in black and oolong teas from China and Taiwan and green teas from Japan. What is really important to me is provenance and freshness, and so would wish to source the best quality product I could to serve to my customers. One option would be to approach a high quality retailer such as Jing (UK), but I rather like the idea of sourcing my own teas from individual farms/suppliers directly at the source. The problem being that I would not know where to start!
I have a fairly clear vision of the kind of business that I would want to run, but instead of posting it all here in one big lump, I would be very grateful for any feedback/questions you may have for me, and hopefully we can establish some sort of useful dialogue in this thread.
Thanking you in Advance