On Saturday 8th March, Kingsbury High School’s Young Enterprise team, Evalesco, launched their new range of teas at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. They are the first company in the UK to produce original blends of Blueberry with Tulsi & Aloe Vera Tea and Orange Blossom & Ginger Tea.
The nine Year 12 students started their Young Enterprise journey in September when they decided that their prime aim was to produce a healthy product suitable for the mass UK market. Their research confirmed that many British people love to drink tea so they decided to combine one of the UK’s favourite drinks with healthy ingredients.
The young entrepreneurs sourced ingredients from Darjeeling, West Bengal, India and found a British company, the Tea People, to blend them. The Tea People’s ethos is to give back to impoverished areas in and around the tea growing region of Darjeeling, focussing on education and helping to provide work for locals who would otherwise live on less than £1 a day. Evalesco (‘to grow stronger’ in Latin) were happy to have this social enterprise manufacture their product.
Dhaval Shah, Assistant Managing Director and Finance Manager at Evalesco, aged 17 said “Sourcing ingredients for our product from areas that are socioeconomically deprived and choosing a manufacturer that uses its profits to support local people was extremely important to us.”
At their Christmas trade stand in Harrow, the team won ‘best performance of the day’ and were commended for their ‘good sales and excellent team work’. Evalesco went on to achieve a Gold Award when they showcased their journey and displayed their Christmas range (homemade menthol candles and hand decorated henna candles). They were awarded ‘best trade stand’ when they launched their tea at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Most recently, they won ‘best company in Brent’ and were awarded ‘most innovative product’ at the area final held at Brent Civic Centre on Wednesday 26th March.
Dhaval went on to say “The Young Enterprise programme has definitely encouraged me to pursue the dream of starting my own business after I finish university. Whatever I do in the future, I have learnt to do it in an innovative and unique way that goes beyond the norm.”