Great Dunmow: a florist’s delight The Rose Garden

10:52 am 3 November 2021

The Dunmow The Rose Garden florist was placed second in a national competition.

The Rose Garden was edged out for first place by one point in the Retail Florist of the Year category at the British Florist Association Awards on Saturday 30 October.

Owner Stephanie Harris said she was thrilled to have been shortlisted to 10 finalists.

And she joked that with the winner being in Cornwall, it would take a long way to be a better florist!

The British Florist Association, the trade association representing florists and the flower industry, has received over 8,000 nominations in 11 categories.

Stephanie said many different elements were needed for entry, ranging from explaining the challenges businesses faced with the pandemic, to discussing customer service and the training given to staff.

“We opened our second store earlier this year (in Great Bardfield). We are on the verge of reaching our sixth anniversary.

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“It is an established company but still relatively new.

“What impressed them was how we managed to adapt during the lockdown. We still managed to work.

“We have been very proactive in taking care of our staff.

“In the lockdown where people were on leave, we had a weekly welfare call on Zoom. We talked about what was going on with the business, we made sure everyone was okay and safe. We have completely retained our team. “

Stephanie said customers are very loyal and their feedback is essential.

Now in their sixth year, the BFA Industry Awards provide an opportunity to show consumers why they should support local small businesses.

Categories include flower wholesalers and service providers in prestigious retail and website categories.

Tracy Tomlinson. The director of the British Florist Association said: “These industry awards remind us of the fantastic BFA member florists we have in the UK.

“The last few months have seen flower prices rise, increased paperwork, last-minute weddings and events, and fuel shortages, so we made the effort to meet our criteria, get votes and get access to Last 10 retail florist stores is pretty amazing. “


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