In March we received an email from the Welsh Independent Retail Awards stating that we had been nominated as Finalists in the Florist of the Year category. A totally unexpected, but welcomed recognition of the hard work that we have put in over the last year.
We decided to close the shop for 2 days and traveled to Cardiff for the Awards ceremony, we kept an open mind but did not expect to win anything as we were up against nine other Welsh Florists who were well established, so competition was tough.
Our category was announced, I looked at Ed, Ed looked at me, we took a big swig of our Prosecco and waited for the announcement. Due to popular demand and it being a highly sought after award they announced a Highly Commended award, we didn't win this and thought that is it... Then the Finalist was announced... ‘Blooming Gorgeous Floristry’ WOW!! Its really us!!!
We looked at each other and then realised we had to go on stage and one of us had to speak!!! Being the gentleman I am, I let Ed do this (who was now fighting back the tears of happiness). Ed thanked our Families, Friends, Me and of course our ‘Blooming Gorgeous Customers’ who without their support we would be nothing!
We are so proud of what we have achieved over the last 14 months, starting to sell Flowers on Facebook from the garage at home to opening our first shop in June an then to receive the award as Florist of the Year in Wales has just been the icing on the top of a very big cake. We absolutely love what we do and are continuing to grow and expand the businesses. Who knows, we may have a 2nd shop this time next year!!
Watch this space!!
Thank you everyone for an amazing year
Pete and Ed xx