Ringtons Ltd, based in Byker, is a fourth generation family firm and is a real success story for the North East of England.
Founded in 1907 and employing over 500 people, the company has since grown exponentially to supply tea and delicacies to customers all over the UK.
As the company continues to go from strength-to-strength, it is now working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) in a bid to break into new overseas markets.
Speaking about the company’s growth, CEO Simon M Smith said: “Tea sells all over the world – there are very few countries that have no tea drinking culture.
“British tea has become a byword for quality and has a great reputation. We’ve attended a few seminars and conferences organised by Department for International Trade and this has given us the confidence to consider our exporting opportunities.”
The key for Ringtons Ltd was the opportunity to meet existing exporters and get an insight into the challenges they had faced – and how they had overcome them.
Simon added: “We are a family firm which supports over 500 jobs across the UK and if we can take our products out to a wider, overseas audience then we can potentially expand and employ even more.”
Simon took the opportunity to visit the DIT’s Exporting is GREAT hub when it visited Tyneside last month. Exporting is GREAT is the initiative that aims to inspire and encourage more businesses to export by 2020.
David Coppock, regional director for Department for International Trade added: “Ringtons is already a North East and export success story and by working with us, they are putting themselves in the best possible position to maximise the number and quality of export opportunities available to them.”