A Queen's award for Betty & Taylors

Staff at Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate are after receiving royal recognition. The family business has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development – the pinnacle of achievement in the business world – in recognition of its work to create a resilient and sustainable tea and coffee supply chain.

The family business – best-known for its Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, Yorkshire Tea and Taylors Coffee –has a global tea and coffee supply chain which reaches over one million farmers and workers in 24 countries. While it’s long been committed to trading responsibly, over the last few years the business has transformed the way it works with its suppliers, helping them to become more sustainable in the face of ever-increasing challenges such as climate change and rural poverty. The latest Queen’s Award honours Bettys & Taylors commitment to putting its values at the heart of the way it sources tea and coffee, its leadership within its sector, and the positive impact it’s having on lives, livelihoods and communities around the world.

Just one example of the business’s impact is its work with suppliers and growers in Kenya. Here, the family business has worked with suppliers to install rainwater harvesting and filtration systems in 50 schools as well as community centres, bringing fresh water to 27,000 people; supported secondary school children with educational bursaries; and is funding a ten year project to plant one million trees with 4,000 tea smallholders, providing them with additional income streams, while delivering environmental protection.

Keith Writer, Supply Director, said: “We have worked incredibly hard over the last few years with all our key growers to develop and roll out an innovative new approach to sustainable Sourcing. We have a reputation for quality and a deep commitment for doing things properly be it in Yorkshire or globally through our value chain and networks. This award is a great honour and achievement that serves to inspire and drive us to do even more in developing a thriving sustainable future for all our tea and coffee growers.”

Bettys & Taylors has previously been presented with Queen’s Awards in 2001 and 2007. The Queen’s Award winners are selected under strict judging criteria, against significant competition.The Awards are made each year by the Queen on her birthday – 21st April – on the advice of the Prime Minister and her panel of judges.