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GCSE student April Collins wins award for Leafy Tea Company business

Thursday, 01 January 1970

April Collins who has just sat her GCSEs started a tea business in January and has won an award for her fledgling company.

April founded the Leafy Tea Company a little more than six months ago, packaging tea imported from India and the Far East for sale in farmers' markets, fetes and the shop in her home village of Hinton Charterhouse.

The 16-year-old has already won recognition thanks to chartered accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which presented her with its Award for Enterprise at Prize giving.

April said: "It was a bit of a shock to win and a really good surprise as I wasn't expecting it given there are other people at my school who have businesses.  "Tea's a very British thing and as I wanted to start a business I thought it was something quite simple you can do a lot with.

"I'm at school six days a week so don't have time for a job so this was something where I could control the hours instead of trying to tie myself down.  "That said it does take up a lot of time – with hindsight it probably wasn't the greatest idea to start it while finishing my GCSEs!"

April has now completed her exams and is hoping to get her ethically-sourced tea, which comes in five flavours and which she packages herself at home, into delis and high end shops.
Milsted Langdon Bath office director Peter Groves presented the teenager with a trophy and a £100 Waterstones voucher.

He said: "April has shown great resourcefulness, confidence, determination and business acumen in establishing and promoting The Leafy Tea Company.  "These are key attributes we aim to instil in our clients to help them grow their businesses and we also seek them in our employees."

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