Congratulations to Bettys and Taylors!

UBoC partner Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate have won a Queens Award for Enterprise for the third time – for Sustainable Development.

Kenyan school children planting a tree as part of Bettys & Taylors Trees for Life project work in Kenya. Photo Jonathan Gregson

The award recognises the way that BTG work with their supply chain which reaches more than one million farmers and tea and coffee growers in 24 countries; aiming to pay fair prices, develop long-term relationships and invest in projects to improve the lives of people with whom it trades. The company helps to overcome increasingly challenging problems such as climate change and rural poverty by installing rainwater harvesting and filtration systems in schools and community centres, bringing fresh water to 27,000 people, and aiming to plant one million trees in Kenya via Trees for Life – where they are also hosting one of UBoC’s four forests of Terrific Tropical Trees.

Bettys was founded in 1919 by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss confectioner, and it now has six café tea rooms in Harrogate, York, Ilkley and Northallerton. Taylors was founded in 1886 and it now sells a range of high quality coffees and teas, including the iconic Yorkshire Tea brand. The group founded UBoC in 2008.

Keith Writer, supply director at Bettys, said: “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.”