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 two years later with plenty of experience in the shop, Niamh is developing the wedding floristry side of the business. Back with us in 2019 to develop those skills she makes our job easy with her "can do" approach to life and work.
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! If you would like to visit her website: oliveandrose.co.uk
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!
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!