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Hampstead Tea Company has taken a 10 year lease on two units at Torc:MK in Kingston and aims to produce 30 million tea bags there every year.

MD Kiran Tawadey, who created the company in 1996, says its part of an expansion and streamlining plan. “Milton Keynes is an ideal distribution centre for us and we were lucky to find such ideal premises with the help of Douglas Duff.

“Once we have made some alterations including creating a tea tasting room and suitable storage, production will begin,” she said.

Tea is imported from a single estate in Darjeeling, and the Hampstead Tea Company’s blends are created for them by specialist blenders in Bury St Edmunds.

Hampstead Tea Company’s products are sold in stores such as Selfridges but most are exported, with Germany a major market.