Hinckley Florist Students Launch Public Store on NWSLC Campus
Pic: Creative flowers
A group of florist students from Hinckley opened a flower shop on campus to develop their customer service skills.
The new outlet, Creative Blooms, is based at the Hinckley campus of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC).
It will allow students to develop business skills as part of their training to obtain florist qualifications and enter the industry.
Creative Blooms students are supported by tutors, including floristry professor Maddy Baker, who works on independent commissions for high profile clients such as celebrities and movie actors.
Maddy said: “It is rewarding and creative work, and there are so many opportunities to develop and specialize.
“All you have to do is start the ball rolling with a college class, and the sky’s the limit.”
Maddy has also worked on designs at exclusive locations including Belvoir Castle, Elvaston Castle, and Newstead Abbey.
Creative Blooms delivers Class A flowers from the Netherlands weekly, enabling them to offer a range of bouquets, sprays and wreaths that can be ordered online and collected the same day.
The boutique invited Hinckley companies to order flowers for their offices and special events.
The floristry team at the NWSLC Creative Arts Campus has offered workshops on flower arranging to the public for special occasions, from Christmas to Mother’s Day to weddings.
Its short courses run throughout the year and introduce the floristry industry to help launch new careers.
Dawn Helsby’s story began when she joined a five-week course at NWSLC to learn floristry in 2012.
She qualified at Levels 2 and 3 and started her own florist business while expecting her youngest child.
Dawn’s business, The Blossom Room, has grown steadily and she has produced flower arrangements for events such as weddings and held workshops at her local pub’s conservatory.
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 earning a Basic Diploma in Floristry.
Megan has worked in numerous florists 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. “
Guardians help Nuneaton florist student Charlotte Reading, who has already gained confidence after creating flower arrangements including a wedding cake topper, hostess bouquet, bouquets and funeral tributes.
Charlotte said: “I like the practical nature of the course. We learn new skills and keep abreast of the latest flower trends.
“I want to work as a florist when I leave university, and I hope that one day I can open my own shop.”
For more information on Creative Blooms, visit the website here.
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