How to start a florist
Our startup guide to a blooming business opportunity
What is it?
To start a florist shop you’ll need to create a business plan, this guide shows you what you’ll need to do to susseccfully start a florist shop. Whatever the occasion, whether it is happy or sad, people have always enjoyed receiving flowers from family, friends and loved ones. And increasingly, flowers are not just for special occasions. Over half of all the money spent on flowers comes from people buying them for their own homes. Now more than ever, behind the bouquets and bunches lies a large and thriving floristry industry.
According to Lantra Training, a training organisation for people in the land-based sector (agricultural and veterinary careers, for example), the floristry industry is mostly made up of small businesses of which there are approximately 8,200 florist shops in the UK, currently employing around 26,200 people. According to research from Lantra, 66% of florists employ between one and nine people, 26% have no employees, and only 8% employ more than nine people. The flower market itself has also been on the increase since the early 1990s with UK fresh flowers and indoor plants representing £1.5 billion at retail level.
These figures speak for themselves and prove how much the UK population loves all things bright and beautiful. So perhaps you’re a flora adorer?
Perhaps your passion for flowers or gardening extends to such a level that you could see yourself in business but haven’t dared enter the fray? Or perhaps you have got it in your mind to start a florist shop but you don’t know where to begin? Our guide will hopefully transform any hesitancy into a budding business, and help you create a florist business plan to use when you start your flower business.
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