Bumble and Bee is a family run small business in the busy seaside town of Exmouth. The award-winning tea rooms are situated in the beautiful Manor Gardens close to the seafront. The business is devoted to many of life’s pleasures; sensational cream teas, homemade cakes, fine teas and of course exclusive coffees if preferred.
Bumble and Bee’s success is a dream come true for owners, Debra and Toby Quine who always wanted to run their own tea rooms. In 2013 their dream was realised when the former Tourist Information Centre building, nestling is an ideal location, became available from the district council. They wasted no time in taking over the building and converting it to the type of tea rooms that have been the hall mark of their success as a family run business and their place in the local community.
For Debra and Toby, success is not just about achieving great sales – vital of course. It is about running a business that has a vision of excellence in all they do, whether that is providing the highest quality food and drink, excellent customer care and service, supporting the local community and being a great place to work.
Their business vision, shared with their dedicated team, has earned them numerous awards and accolades. As well as gaining a raft of five star reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook, they have been recognised by receiving a prestigious two stars from the Guild of Fine Foods, runner-up for the Devon Life ‘best scone’ award, they have also received national praise in the Guardian newspaper when Bumble and Bee was named as a ‘Great UK tea room’
No trip to Exmouth would now be complete without a trip to Bumble and Bee. For residents and the many visitors alike the lure of these thriving tea rooms in hard to resist. Debra and Toby have created a great place to relax, meet friends, breathe in the sea air or just indulge in the fare on offer. They also regularly host a number of special events at the tea rooms for a variety of local groups and organisations making sure they stay at the heart of the community.
No small business can stand still and Debra and Toby are always looking for new opportunities to expand their business. Early in 2018 saw them take on a new venture, running the sought-after refreshment kiosk on the far end of the seafront. Bumble and Sea responds to the much-needed demand for quality food and drink for this end of the beach and has become an essential visit for local and tourist beachgoers. Based on their business ethos of providing quality and service, Bumble and Sea has been another success for the busy couple.
Partner Paul Lewis has worked with Debra and Toby from the very start of their business venture, initially advising on business structure, tax compliance and assisting with the setup of financial reporting systems. He has helped them with monitoring financial performance, as well as tax planning to ensure liabilities are kept to minimum. He recently advised on the incorporation of the business partnership.
With another third successful establishment now opened, Bumble and Tee in Phear Park in Exmouth, Debra and Toby are looking ahead confidently to the future and with the support and help of Thompson Jenner they are planning for a successful future.
Thompson Jenner continue to provide business advice, tax planning and a range of small business services to Bumble and Bee. These include:
As a relatively small but growing business in the Food and Drink sector, Thompson Jenner have been an ideal match for all of our accounting needs and business support advice. Paul Lewis and his team have been fantastic for us, providing all of the expertise and knowledge that is needed when starting a business. Any enquiry or concern we may have is always dealt with quickly putting our minds at rest and the business support we are given as we have grown has been second to none.
We have no hesitation in recommending Thompson Jenner to any small business looking for a pro-active firm of accountants. They are responsive, extremely approachable and a really friendly and professional firm.
Debra and Toby Quine – Owners, Bumble and Bee.
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