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Former Spalding High School friends use lockdown down time to create sustainable business

Two former Spalding High School students who found themselves without work at the start of the pandemic have built a business focussing on their passions.

Friends Lianne Harvey and Lucy Pratt, who met when they were six year old at Weston Hills Primary School, have joined forces to create their very own oat milk kit company Kitleys, which has gone from strength-to-strength.

Combining actress Lianne’s creative skills and engineer Lucy’s technical skills, the pair decided to create a brand which is dedicated to saving people money while taking care of the planet.

Friends Lianne Harvey and Lucy Pratt who have set up Kitleys together. Pictured before the pandemic began. (43881809)
Friends Lianne Harvey and Lucy Pratt who have set up Kitleys together. Pictured before the pandemic began. (43881809)

Lianne said: “This is actually a really lovely tale of two friends who were able to work together on something they love during a really horrible time.

“Kitleys came about after the play I was performing in stopped when theatres closed literally overnight due to the pandemic and Lucy was furloughed from her job as a product designer and engineer for a car company.

“I live in London and Lucy is based towards Nottingham, so we have done all of this through Zoom calls but it has brought our friendship even closer together.”

The kits, which cost £25.99 each, are available to purchase online and include almost everything you need to make your own oat milk at home and they have been well received, much to the delight of the two friends.

Lianne said: “Oat milk is really delicious but it’s also expensive to buy.

“Through using the kit, all you need is some oats, water and a pinch of salt which you blend together and then you’ve made a batch. It takes hardly any time and costs pennies.

“All of the items in the kit have been designed to be repurposed which again continues are goal which was really to make the same products which we love, but make them cheaper and more sustainable.

“All of the components of the kit are plastic free and UK made, with the idea that it’s a buy it once item which will last.

“During the first lockdown there was a huge boom in interest in plant based products and dairy free lifestyles and we sold out very quickly at first while receiving amazing reviews which was brilliant!”

Looking to the future, Lianne and Lucy hope to continue to move their company forward.

Lianne added: “All the way along we have taken baby steps and have kept achieving our goals. Our dream now is to see the kits stocked in a high street supermarket”

Find out more about Kitleys at www.kitleys.co.uk

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