Neville Funerals praised the work of its team of six “talented” florists, who design “very personal and often intricate” floral tributes for clients.
The six-person team, which now has a collective 83 years of experience, includes three members who specifically transitioned to become specialist florists after initially pursuing different careers.
Neville Funerals said all three have successfully found the profession they are looking for and can now develop their careers through the group’s mentorship and apprenticeship program.
Jo Johnson joined the company in March 2020, just as the first lockdown was announced. She first worked in advertising in London for ITV, but wanted a change in her work-life balance as she settled down with children.
She said: “Now that they are older I feel like it’s my time and when the opportunity came up to apply for a full time position with Neville Funerals I jumped at the chance. and I haven’t looked back. No two days are the same and we get to work on amazing and unique tributes and with beautiful families.
Susan Brazier was taken on as a floristry apprentice in January this year: she previously worked in the aviation industry at and around Luton Airport for many years, first in customer service and then in the engineering quality assurance.
She said: “Funeral floristry interested me the most, much more than wedding floristry – it’s that extra connection to family that is so important and fulfilling, and watching the brilliant team here do what they done with so much thought and creativity – the job satisfaction is immense – these are not your average florists!”
Clara Osbourne has also taken on the role of floristry apprentice after spending five years with the company as a floristry assistant. She graduated in fashion design, then worked as a manager at Boots, before joining Neville Funerals.
She said: “I wanted to come back to a more creative role, and this offered me exactly that. Sue persuaded me to switch to the apprenticeship program and in 18 months I’ll get a Tier 2 qualification from City and Guilds in Floristry.
Rounding out the team are experienced florist Jennie Attewell, who has worked at Neville Funerals for 18 years, and delivery person Trisha Brown.
Sue Evans, Floristry Manager at Neville Funerals, said: “Creative talent, combined with life experience, is a successful mix for us. It is a privilege to be able to design and deliver very personal and bespoke tributes for our clients – to listen carefully to what they want and need and to do exactly what they had in mind.
“To do that, we have to be able to put ourselves in their shoes and walk that path with them. A team with all levels of experience is invaluable and of course it helps that we can all help each other with creative ideas. »