Dewsbury firm Rixonway Kitchens is brewing up a move into beverages by launching a fair trade tea.
They have teamed up with fellow social enterprise business Not Just A Trading Company to market a new drink.
It will be given to Rixonway’s customers, such as housing associations, at events throughout the year.
The aim is to not only help the people in India who grow the tea but also to boost skills and training at home.
Huddersfieldbased Not Just a Trading Company offers young people the chance to run their own businesses.
Hayen Stock and Daniel Woolnough did just that, making the teabags, designing the packaging and marketing the product.
Rixonway, based at the Shaw Cross Business Park, came on board as a client and are now offering the tea to their customers.
Laura Smith, of the Not Just a Trading Company, said: “Our tea is sourced directly from a teaproducing cooperative in rural India.
“All the money from sales of the products are being pumped back into supporting UK enterprise groups with skills and training.”
Rixonway, who make kitchens for the affordable and social housing markets, are known for their communityminded initiatives.
They recently donated a kitchen to Pontefract Collieries FC and to a homeless project in Harrogate.
Operations director Nick Greenall said: “We’re always happy to support to schemes which benefit all those involved in an ethical manner.
“We hope our partnership will allow those in the supply chain to prosper while promoting the benefits of the scheme to our customers.”|