Tea firm relocates to town

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A century-old tea company is set to open offices in the town after relocating from Nottingham and South Yorkshire.

Ringtons Tea will open a Chesterfield office on Dunston Trading Estate, Sheepbridge in a move to merge two existing sales offices and create one centralised base.

The company will create four new jobs at the site, which already employes 24 people.

Stephen Killinger Ringtons Operations Manager who oversaw the Ringtons move said: “We chose Chesterfield as it is a great central location which is close to the M1, allowing us to continue to offer first class service to our existing customers and reach an even wider area including Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham, Rotherham, and Burton on Trent. Merging the two Sales Offices allows us to operate more efficiently from one single site and upgrade from the two former sites which were in need of substantial repair.”

Ringtons is a British tea and coffee merchant which was established in 1907 by Samuel Smith who sold tea door to door via horse and cart. Today the family business still offers a tdoorstep delivery service to over 260,000 customers throughout the UK – albeit with vans instead of horse and cart.

Chesterfield Borough Council’s Economic Development Unit assisted the company to find the right business premises. Leader, Cllr John Burrows, said: “We are always pleased to see new businesses opening in the borough. I am pleased that Ringtons Tea has chosen Chesterfield for their new base – they could not have chosen better, Chesterfield is on the up and our transport links both regionally and nationally are second to none.”