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Am I worried that Bloom & Wild have announced the launch of pop up shops. Absolutely not! Coming hot on the heels of Freddies Flowers doing the same, to me it is simply a vindication that just being online isn’t the total solution and why I will always urge any retail florist thinking about giving up their shop to seriously think twice.* Yes the figures show clearly that B&W/Freddies are generating huge sales and we all know that having an online operation is essential but tr
The pandemic changed a lot of people’s life choices and not only did we see a legion of people set up florist business from home but a lot of retail florists shutting and moving to home or studios. Now, with fears of a recession looming, inflation at a 40 year high, energy and fuel prices rising endlessly, a war that shows no signs of stopping but is making itself felt around the world, constantly fluctuating flower prices and incredibly hot weather which is making everyone a
World Bee Day saw the FM Group aim to raise awareness about the threats to pollinators by human activities through a new sustainability platform Circles.fm, which is now accessible in multiple languages. Circles.fm is intended for companies who need information on sustainability relevant to flowers, plants and packaging. The aim is to inspire and inform customers and growers, and help them take the next step towards building a future-proof floriculture sector together. In par
To help florists celebrate both The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee AND British Flowers Week, The Paper Studio, the UK’s leading specialist printer for florists, is making available posters, tags and bunting completely free of charge! The pack contains everything you could need to celebrate both events and run a themed promotion throughout June. Because whilst BFW officially runs 12 – 19 June, feedback showed that many florists would like to promote British Summer Flowers for the w
Back in its normal date .... with no restrictions and - apart from a few torrential storms - blazing sunshine. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show threw open its gates - beautifully decorated of course! - to thousands of avid gardeners and flower lovers for a spectacular show. But whilst in theory it may be all about the garden, the fact that the RHS have now appointed Simon Lycett as a dedicated Ambassador to be responsible for the floristry and floral design element shows a new fo