Firstly, we suggest you look through our website to see if our brand and products would make sense for your establishment. Our Trade Partners page will explain the benefits of opening a trade account with us and provide you with a short application form to complete. Once we receive your application, we'll contact you with more information about setting up an online trade account. This will give you full access to our trade discount prices. We can also send you a catalogue with more information about our trade products and services.
Our trade program is focused towards UK and European food service businesses with an established high street presence. These include tea/coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and spas who we feel can really benefit from our products and services. If you have plans to set up a new business relating to tea, teaware or gifts, we're always happy to discuss your needs and see if we can add value to your plans.
We are currently unable to accept online retailers, dropshippers or busineses that would wish to resell our products through any online marketplaces e.g., Amazon.co.uk
If you'd like to receive our catalogue and prices lists, please fill in our Trade Enquiry form. We try to keep our trade catalogue updated as much as possible but if you notice any discrepancies, our latest prices are always the ones shown on our website. Please note that all prices shown in the catalogue are exclusive of VAT. All prices on the website already include VAT where applicable.
We don't enforce any minimum quantities or order values if you qualify as a trade partner. You can thus better manage your cashflow by ordering as many or as little of any product you require, whenever you need it.
We accept most major credit/debit cards except American Express, Paypal or a payment by bank transfer when you checkout. A VAT receipt will be included with your trade order. For regular, larger volume orders, you can also apply for a 30 day credit account after your first two orders.
All our products are delivered to Mainland UK using DPD Local Next Working Day or weekend service. The service is fully trackable and you'll receive text and email notification when your order ships. All orders placed before 12pm generally ship the same day but may require longer processing for larger order quantities.
We offer Free Next Working Day Delivery (UK Mainland) on all Trade orders over £150 (<30kgs). Otherwise, carriage is charged based on consignment weight. Weekend delivery is £10. Please see our Delivery page for more details.
If you require any samples but don't yet have a trade account, we suggest you purchase them first on our retail site. You can always return them within 30 days for a full refund. If you then decide to place a main order, we will refund you the difference between the trade and retail prices you paid for the samples if you wish to keep them.
Once we've approved your trade account and notified you by email, you can log in with the details we would have sent you via email. At the top of the screen you should see your name appear where the login box was. Click on your name and a dropdown menu will appear with options to modify your account information. Here you can review and edit your account profile and password. You can also view, export or delete the customer profile data we retain for you. You can also see your past orders, quickly reorder the same items and add/edit your addresses.
You'll notice that all the prices will now be our trade prices including VAT applicable. To see our retail prices again, you will need to log out or open our website in a different browser.
No. Our products can occasionally be found for sale on the high street but only in independant stockists e.g., tea & coffee shops, spas and luxury gift shops. We prefer to partner with small, dynamic service businesses where our brand and products can add real value instead of the mainstream retail chains and supermarkets.
No. We mostly source our handmade teas from small, reputable tea farms in China that do not have the resources or volumes to meet International certification requirements. Being "certified" organic is a complicated process as there are a multitude of different certification agencies worldwide. Each agency has varying standards so some certifications would be accepted in one country, but not in others. It can also become costly for a small company and the end consumer.
We rely on the experience and knowledge of our local tea experts to source the finest quality teas based on their taste and aesthetic profile. All tea and flower ingredients that we import need to meet strict European standards for pesticides and heavy metals. We tend to order our tea in large volume, early in the season so we're guaranteed the pick of the new Spring crop. Samples of each batch are then tested by an independent laboratory to ensure they meet the required quality standards.
As a well established company, we take our ethical and environmental responsibilities very seriously. We choose our tea and teaware partners carefully and in most cases have worked closely with the same suppliers for many years.
We have established a 'code of ethics' policy that all our suppliers worldwide must sign and adhere to. This is closely monitored and covers a wide range of ethical topics such as human rights, health & safety, labour, living & working conditions, fair pricing and environmental sustainability. A copy of our full policy is available on demand.
No. We do not permit dropshipping or other businesses / sellers to retail our product on online marketplaces such as Ebay or Amazon. If you purchase our branded items through an online marketplace, be sure to check you are purchasing directly from The Exotic Teapot and not an unauthorised reseller,
Of course. We're always happy to meet up with our trade partners and sample some of our products together if ever you find yourself in the area. Our showrrom / retail shop can be found in Bournemouth just a few minutes from Southbourne beach. Simply call or email us to make an appointment.
If your business is located outside the UK and benefits from a European VAT number, we will automatically remove any UK VAT on applicable product and delivery charges. Please be sure to let us know your EU VAT number when you register for a trade account with us.