If you are looking for inspiration, then here are just a few of our recent student stories. It doesn't matter what you do now, anyone with the passion and drive can change their career and make their dreams come true!
Featured Florist - Keane's Florist with Niamh
We first met Niamh in the summer of 2017 when she joined us for the Floristry Career Course (and became very good friends with Sally-Anne who now runs Bluebells and Brambles!). Her passion to succeed was infectious and on completion of the course Niamh decided that floristry was for her and bought a thriving floristry business in Galway. Now four years later with plenty of experience in the shop, Niamh has developed the wedding floristry side of the business.
Oulton Broad Flower Company
Emma started her journey on our "Starting a Floristry Business" course and soon realised that with the business head buzzing she wanted to learn more! Having completed the Floristry Career Course her business thrived quickly. From what started as a workshop is now a fully operational floristry shop in the Norfolk Broads.
Claire is an experienced passionate florist but was expanding her business to include eco and biodegradable funeral designs. Solace Flowers is a business dedicated to the most satisfying area of florist, funeral flowers. Claire spent a day with Sarah testing out new materials and learning skills that used only biodegradable materials - from double ended sprays using no wires, tapes or foam to living wreaths.
We love it when Gemma comes to the school as she is so keen to learn and always willing to get stuck in! Gemma only started with us in September 2020 but has worked hard to get her business up and running, sorting out branding, sourcing suppliers and has a busy website taking orders.
Olive and Rose
Launched at the beginning of June 2019, we are so pleased to see Aly and her new business up and running. Aly has been a regular at the school for the past few years and has slowly built her skills with lots of practice, researching her market and planning her new business. Working from her home workshop she is now offering a full floristry service from birthday flowers to weddings! Aly's website is beautiful - and well worth a visit. Her strapline says it all - "Handtied at Home"!
We wish Aly all the best and looking forward to a blooming success!
Dottie’s Flowers and Finery
If there was ever a young lady destined to be a florist, Hannah (Dottie) was! Full of energy, innovative ideas and amazing talent we knew the minute she walked in the door something was going to happen. She was as interested in profit as flowers – always a good sign. Having run a business before it was the creative floristry that really interested Dottie.
Having completed the Intensive Career Course in the summer of 2018, Dottie bought an existing florist shop in Leeds. After a refit and bringing the life and soul of the business up to date (and getting married!), Dottie is now preparing for her first wedding season. Her reviews are brilliant – as much about her charm, attention to detail and passion as her gorgeous flowery designs!
Bluebells and Brambles
Not only a new career but a new country. Sally joined us after emigrating from Australia, previously working as a school teacher. She wanted to grow her own flowers and setup a business from home. Now two years later she has achieved her dream with a productive flower patch and busy home-grown business. Her Friday evening stall at one of the busiest commuter stations in the country has proved so successful with regular orders, deliveries and wedding bookings.
This was an upside-down request! Frances had already setup her floristry business in Dubai and was going from strength to strength. However, with no formal training was desperately in need of some tips and ideas for developing her business. She has now been over and spent two sessions with Sarah, trying out new ideas with different containers and making sure that her business model was sustainable and profitable. Following her visit just before Christmas, one design we modelled and costed with Frances sold over 60 units in the lead up to the big day!
Bertie Green Florist
Jill joined us for the Floristry Career Course in 2016. With an established business specialising in wedding flowers her business has grown and flourished. Often featured in the local and national press, Jill has her daughter work alongside a very special four legged friend - the inspiration for the name!
The Wallflower and Wallace
Karen joined us in the summer of 2017 for the Floristry Career Course. Since then she has gone from strength to strength opening a fabulous shop in Norfolk called The Wallflower and Wallace (her little dog who joins her at work daily!). She is a patron for the local area, showcasing local crafts and artists. Karen specialises in using recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging with her fabulous bouquets. She has recently been back to school with us learning to design fully wired shower bouquets.
Hare and Howl Floristry
From her workshop in York, Elichia is making her name as a talented wedding florist. The business was setup in 2018. Her work is exquisite, and she strives to create affordable and sustainable designs for weddings and events. A far cry from her previous life as a Biomedical Scientist!