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Institute of Professional Florists is Launched

Institute of Professional Florists is Launched

20-01-2015

Three very special florists took centre-stage at the House of Commons last Thursday as Simon Lycett, David Ragg and Neil Whittaker were awarded an Honorary Membership to the BFA's Institute... Read more

Sixty seconds with Jose Azout, Specialty Rose Grower

Sixty seconds with Jose Azout, Specialty Rose Grower

20-01-2015

Jose AzoutThe president of Alexandra Farms, a boutique rose farm high in the mountains of Colombia, tells us what life's like at the very beginning of the flower chain. Read more

Flowervision Market Day 2015

Flowervision Market Day 2015

19-01-2015

25 January 2015 Flowervision London are throwing their annual Market Day at their Staines branch on Sunday 25th January from 10am until 2pm. Read more

Are you a Floral Pioneer?

Are you a Floral Pioneer?

15-01-2015

Something big is coming to the UK florist sector. Something set to rumble the industry in more ways than one. Which is why Steve France, Tracey Griffin* and their team... Read more

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Simply Spherical Cheats

Simply Spherical Cheats

One of the easiest ways to decorate tall vases is to use a foam sphere covered in leaves. Simply slot it into the mouth of the vase and décor the protruding half with flowers. It's very secure and avoids the mechanics being seen from below.

Double White Bible

Double White Bible

Make yourself a "white double" bible. Every design you make...be it a wreath, cross, pillow(all sizes), Gates of Heaven, fish, Blackpool tower, shark, domino etc etc....log down how many stems you use, noting if it was heavy or light in heads. You can adapt this to other new designs not...

Twist & Shake

Twist & Shake

We all know the struggle stiff buckets bring. If buckets get stuck together, instead of bashing and tugging, try rolling them on the ground with your foot until they separate... saves ripping fingers off!

Living Vase

Living Vase

For a funky look use upside-down amaryllis stems as small holders for gerbera and other flowers.    

Take Note

Take Note

Always get staff to write down what they put in a design on the back of the order. Not only does it avoid over-stuffing and lost margin but if there's a customer complaint you've got a precise record.

Profit Boosting Bouquet Alternatives

Profit Boosting Bouquet Alternatives

A small block of foam wrapped in cello and inserted into a fancy container or simple bag uses less stems to create a full look and not only increases profit but appeals to customers who want something other than a traditional hand tied.

Keep Peonies Closed

Keep Peonies Closed

To stop peonies opening up too soon put stockings over their heads. Alternatively save the netting that comes on bloom chrysanths and place over roses or peonies for extended shelf life in the cooler.

No More Foam Faux

No More Foam Faux

When working with soft stemmed flowers wrap a small piece of tape around the base of the stem to make insertion into foam easier. Alternatively use a straw to make holes in the foam and insert the stem into it. Both ideas will avoid stem breakage and ensure good water...

Use straws for Gerbera

Use straws for Gerbera

If you don’t like the idea of wiring Gerbera try using a clear straw to give it extra support.  If its easier ask your wholesaler to buy in pre-strawed Gerbera. 

Take care of your feet

Take care of your feet

Always provide a piece of carpet or rubber matting for your staff to stand on whilst they are working.  It will protect them from sore feet and aching legs and avoid problems or fatigue ... especailly important at busy peak days.

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Business Briefing

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Don’t Risk a Health & Safety Fine

Don’t Risk a Health & Safety Fine

No one likes spending time and money thinking about rules and regs like health and safety but act now and you could save yourself a fine or worse in future, leaving more time for fun with flowers in the long-run. Legislation... Read more

Make your business more efficient in 7 steps

Make your business more efficient in 7 steps

The Forum of Private Business are always on the hunt for new ways to make your business more profitable. Their most recent Referendum research showed that a staggering 63% of businesses have seen costs grow in the last 12 months,... Read more

Latest Business Law Changes

Latest Business Law Changes

From national minimum wage increases to flexible working requests and the ongoing pensions automatic enrolment switchover, we’re seeing a number of business law changes in the UK. Many of which are sure to affect small and medium businesses like yours,... Read more

Boost your Business Online: Tips from the Experts

Boost your Business Online: Tips from the Experts

When we were asked if we'd like the team from Yelp to write a series of articles to help florists boost their online presence we jumped at the chance. Why? Because websites and social media are an essential aspect of... Read more

Taxing the Plastic with HMRC

Taxing the Plastic with HMRC

Doing accounts may be the most dreadfully dull aspect of life as a florist but is of course essential if you want to ensure business runs smoothly. It may come as some relief that HMRC has recently launched a new... Read more

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