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Meet the founders of the popular NI company famous for its inventive flavours who are adapting to the pandemic with tasty new products and online courses

Oscar Woolley and Annie Irwin, the founders of NI-based Suki Tea, tell Claire O'Boyle about adapting work and family life during lockdown and pushing on with exciting product plans

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Branching out: Oscar Woolley and Annie Irwin of Suki Tea

Branching out: Oscar Woolley and Annie Irwin of Suki Tea

Annie in a tea plantation in Assam

Annie in a tea plantation in Assam

Oscar and business partner Annie Irwin at their Suki Tea stall at St George’s
Market, Belfast, in 2005

Oscar and business partner Annie Irwin at their Suki Tea stall at St George’s Market, Belfast, in 2005

Bubble double: Suki’s sparkling tea infusions

Bubble double: Suki’s sparkling tea infusions

Bubble double: Suki’s sparkling tea infusions

Bubble double: Suki’s sparkling tea infusions

Branching out: Oscar Woolley and Annie Irwin of Suki Tea

In every successful partnership, there is a yin and a yang, a dreamer and a details guy - or in Suki Tea's case, an Oscar and an Annie. Oscar Woolley and Annie Irwin, the brains behind the much-loved Belfast-based tea makers have been working together for 15 years, and say their differences - as well as their big love of tea, of course - have been a huge boost for their business.

And with companies right across the world facing extraordinary challenges in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a balance of creative thinking and attention to detail is more important to businesses than ever.

"I'd say Oscar and I have pretty different ways of thinking," says Annie. "We agree on the direction of the business, but our attitudes and approaches are quite different.