Tea firm wins a national cup at awards

Portsmouth tea importer Andrew Gadsden tasting different brews before blending the leaves.

Portsmouth tea importer Andrew Gadsden tasting different brews before blending the leaves.

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THEY produce one of England’s greatest national icons and now a Portsmouth tea shop has been rewarded for its hard work at an awards ceremony.

Firms from across the area were in the spotlight once again at the Johnston Press South Business Awards, which took place last night in Brighton.

The awards celebrate the best in business across the south, bringing together winners from Johnston Press titles’ own award winners.

All About Tea, based in Middle Street, won the award for Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.

The Southsea-based firm make a variety of more than 50 different flavours and different types of tea bags.

Owner Andrew Gadsden only opened the shop to the public in August last year.

It won Retailer of the Year at The News Business Excellence Awards back in February.

Meanwhile, Gemma Lighting was highly commended in the innovation category.

The firm produces LED lights and is the only firm in the UK to manufacture them in the country rather than source them overseas.

And Twisted Pair was highly commended in the Medium Business category.

The firm helps other businesses by ensuring they can communicate effectively and efficiently through phone and internet systems.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘It is great to celebrate success across the south through our Johnston Press papers.

‘All About Tea has been hugely supportive of the paper by sponsoring The Sports Mail.

‘It is a successful business and it’s good to see it doing so well.

‘And other local businesses have also been highly commended for their hard work, so congratulations.’

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