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Bloomin' Waste!

In my previous life before I became a florist, I worked in the event industry and more specifically, implementing sustainable management systems within events and their organisations.

Being passionate about looking after the environment, staff welfare and ensuring process are in place to help the business or event run to plan - should have ensured that I do the same with my own business.

To some degree I have naturally followed a sustainable way of working by doing the following;

- Not over ordering and creating more financial and actual waste

- Recycling where possible

- Using materials that can be reused by the customer (jugs, gift bags, transporter boxes)

- Combining orders so less transportation required

- Minimal printing of marketing material and always on FSC paper

- Exhibition materials are non dated and resuable so cuts down on waste and is financially sensible!

- Processes for operational control being developed

- Stakeholder engagement though social media

So, all going in the right direction for a fairly new business but I know I can do more and I think that if I can lock down my operational processes and start to measure my waste, mileage, materials etc I will feel happier and more secure about the business and will allow me to communicate more about practices and maybe help others.

I've already started looking into how to reduce plastic waste and sourcing a more sustainable solution - hopefully I may have found this with a VegWare product but it needs further testing. I've reduced the amount used on bouquets by 2/3's by cutting out the 'dressing' and just using enough to hold water for wet packs. (See pic)

So my goal over the next few months will be to identify my targets and set time scales to them, I need to be selfish and set aside a good day to do this without kids, dogs and weddings :D

Any feedback you have would be great, I'd love to hear if you think this is good practise or if you're not at all bothered!

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Funeral and Sympathy Flowers

I've always struggled with promoting myself as a funeral flower florist, I guess I just didn't like to see people upset and when I ran my flower shop in Warrington, I saw it alot.

Then I figured out that actually, I could allow the grieving process to be just a tiny bit easier as I spent a bit of time and a bit of thought with the person ordering the flowers, getting to know a little bit more about the person who had died, what colours they liked or types of flowers.

I recently provided flowers for a young girl that had passed away due to a battle with cancer and as I sat down with her Aunty I was told that 'the others were just matter of fact and sounded like they wanted to get off the phone.'

I may not be a huge florist with hundreds of orders, but I like to think that the personal touch and thought that goes into all of my arrangements means that that person has flowers that they wanted, that is more important to me.

 

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National Vintage Wedding Fayre

I've only ever done one wedding fayre before and 1. it cost me alot of money as i totally went over board and ordered to many flowers and 2. I didn't get one job from it!

I'm hoping that now i'm a bit older and wiser and basically more confident in my skills that this time, I will be (as they young kids say) #winning :)

I decided to go with the National Vintage Wedding Fair as it's at the Manchester Victorian baths which is a fantastic venue. If you haven't been, do go!

I'm also hoping that my slightly loose and informal flower style will be met with approval and a general thumbs up, I think I maybe lean more towards the vintage / country feel and it's an interesting creative process, often the bouquet I have in mind doesn't come out in real life and usually (II hope!) it's better, I let my flowery friends do the talking.

So, hopefully if you are going to the fair as a bride you will see lots of amazing things and go home inspired, if you are attending, be sure to pop by for a bit of cake and some flowers.

 

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New Year, New Site, New Goals!

Hello everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog, as part of my 2017 goals, I'm going to aim to post a blog up once a week (eeeek).

So!! I thought it was time for a bit of a change, out with old in with the new I often think i don't like change, it's too scary, too much effort - but actually, when i stop fannying about and get on with it, I like it. I like a new writing pad, a new page - I'm all for doodling and thrashing things out on piece of paper.

So for 2017, they're not resolutions, they're goals, business goals to help me push what i love doing, forward. I want to grow my business, I love making brides happy, I love meeting new people and being a part of the big day, I love seeing different venues and setting out flowers in them. So onwards and upwards, a new website was required so I used the lovely Squarespace and got it done in a day!

I hope you enjoy the new look, if you have any feedback do let me know!