Tea Monkey, the UK-based, fledgling specialist tea bar concept led by entrepreneur Tracey Bovingdon, is set to launch its first franchise model next month as it looks to step up its national rollout. The business, which counts Riham Fouad Al Ghanim, owner of Fouad Al-Ghanim Group, one of Kuwait’s leading conglomerates as a shareholder, is currently in talks to open its first site in London, but is also targeting sites in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester for future openings. It is also thought that the company will use the franchise model to launch the concept overseas. Al Ghanim is thought to have been joined by colleague James du Lieu, managing director of Fouad Al-Ghanim & Sons Automotive Company, in investing in the currently two-strong chain, which was launched in Milton Keynes in 2011. The group opened its second site in Bath earlier this year.

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