Leicestershire students launch new florist


College students launched Creative Blooms

Hinckley College students have launched a new florist service on their Lower Bond Street campus, open to the public.

The new outlet, Creative Blooms, based at the Hinckley campus in North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, will allow students to develop customer service and business skills as part of their training to gain florist qualifications and prepare to enter the industry.

Creative Blooms receives Grade A flowers from Holland every week, enabling them to offer a range of bouquets, sprays and wreaths that can be ordered online and collected the same day if needed. Hinckley businesses are also welcome to order flowers for their offices or for special events.

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The floristry team at the NWSLC Creative Arts Campus also offers workshops to the public on how to organize flowers for special occasions, from Christmas to Mother’s Day to weddings. Its short training courses, which take place throughout the year, provide an introduction to the floristry sector and can help launch new careers.

Dawn Helsby’s inspirational story began when she joined a five-week course at NWSLC to learn floristry in 2012. She then qualified at Levels 2 and 3 and started her own florist business while she was expecting her youngest child. Dawn’s business, The Blossom Room, has grown steadily and she has produced flower arrangements for events including weddings and held workshops at her local pub’s conservatory.

Creative Blooms students are supported by experienced tutors, including floristry professor Maddy Baker, who continues to work on independent commissions for high profile clients including celebrities and movie actors.

Maddy has worked on designs in exclusive locations such as Belvoir Castle, Elvaston Castle, and Newstead Abbey. Maddy said, “It’s rewarding and creative work and there are so many opportunities to develop and specialize. All you have to do is kick off the ball with a college course and the sky is the limit.

Tutor Megan Lomas left school at 16 with just 3 GCSEs. She rose through the ranks from Level 1 to Level 5 starting at the NWSLC and eventually completing a Basic Diploma in Floristry. Megan has worked in numerous florists over the years in Coventry, Hinckley, Nuneaton and Stratford-on-Avon.

Three years ago, Megan reached the RHS Chelsea Young Florist of the Year national final for the second time after securing a spot in the UK’s top fourteen.

Megan said, “I find that I can really express myself through floral design. Everyone loves flowers and it’s fantastic to be able to work in an industry that makes everyone smile.

These specialist tutors help students like Nuneaton florist student Charlotte Reading, who has already gained confidence by creating a wide variety of flower arrangements, including a wedding cake topper, a hostess bouquet, many bouquets and funeral tributes.

Charlotte said: “I like the practical nature of the course. We learn new skills and follow the latest trends in flowers. I want to work as a florist when I leave university and hope that one day I can open my own shop.

For more details on the products and services that Creative Blooms can offer, you can visit the website.

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