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Are you a budding entrepreneur looking for inspiration to start your very first business? Or do feel that your small business is in need of a little va-va-voom? Then this podcast is essential listening. It has two elements - on the one hand your SMALL BUSINESS and on the other, YOU. Firstly, your SMALL BUSINESS. Host Rona Wheeldon from Flowerona speaks to entrepreneurs who share insights into what it takes to run a successful, sustainable and profitable business. You’ll hear how their compan ...
 
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#61 - Creativity Coach, Author, Writer and Speaker Richard Holman discusses a wide range of practical tips on how to be more creative. He also shares an insight into the 10 different demons featured in his new book, 'Creative Demons and How to Slay Them'. Creative Demons and How to Slay Them Book by Richard Holman* | https://amzn.to/3Nr1srV Show no…
 
#60 - WordPress Expert and Web Developer, Kelly Sparkes from Opal & Onyx is back to share masses of hints and tips about how to spring-clean your website. She not only shares advice regarding the front-end but also the back-end of your online presence. Kelly is giving one lucky listener a free place on her workshop ‘Spring Clean your WordPress Webs…
 
#59 - Have you heard about the 'FLOWERS FOR UKRAINE' online floristry fund-raising event with Shane Connolly, which is taking place on Wednesday, 6th April 2022? Shane is asking for donations of at least £10 on his JustGiving page. And when you donate, you'll be invited to join him live on Wednesday evening from 7pm-8pm UK time. He'll be creating s…
 
#58 - Floral Designer & Flower School Owner Sarah Diligent from Floribunda Rose shares her small business journey. Based in Hampshire, she provides British flowers for weddings and events, plus runs courses. She's also co-written the book, 'A Guide to Floral Mechanics'. Whilst working abroad as a nanny, she started planning her UK wedding in 2013. …
 
#57 - Wedding & Event Floral Designer Emma Hewlett shares her small business journey. Based in Devon, she set up Emma Hewlett Floral Design in 2010, And she specialises in hanging floral installations and lighting, assisted by her husband James. With a background in theatre, Emma sidelined into event management in London. Whilst working in the capi…
 
#56 - Flower farmer Georgie Newbery from Common Farm Flowers shares her small business journey. Following a career in fashion in France, she set up her flower farm in Somerset. She now sells her flowers locally, provides flowers for weddings and runs workshops online and in person. Georgie's background is fashion and writing. And she started her ca…
 
#55 - Brand Manager, Art Director & Photographer Sundari Ferris shares her small business journey. Creativity runs through all the threads of her career, initially working in the wedding industry, she now provides art direction, photography and branding for businesses. She also creates beautiful handmade, textured painted backdrops, which are used …
 
#54 - Organic flower grower Polly Nicholson from Bayntun Flowers shares her small business journey. Passionate about tulips, she also grows narcissi, alliums, peonies, clematis, sweet peas, bearded irises, delphiniums, zinnias and dahlias. She supplies wholesale flowers to florists, runs workshops and is also in-house florist for residential proper…
 
#53 - Floral Designer Emily Baylis from June in March shares her small business journey. After setting up her floristry business in Hong Kong in 2016, she relocated to London. And now she specialises in floral art design, event design, interior design and set design, not just in the UK, but also in Europe. Born in the French Alps, Emily originally …
 
#52 - Flower Farmer Fiona Haser Bizony from the Electric Daisy Flower Farm shares her small business journey. Having originally worked as a ceramicist, then as an Artistic Director at an Arts Centre, she now runs her flower growing business in Somerset and a flower shop in London. From an early age, Fiona was keen to take charge of her own destiny.…
 
#51 - Mother and daughter team, Caroline Beck and Roisin Taylor from Verde Flower Co share their small business journey. Having worked as a garden writer for many years, Caroline started to grow flowers and during the pandemic, Roisin joined the business part-time. Growing up Caroline remembers flowers picked from the hedgerow by her grandmother be…
 
#50 - Owner of Botanique Workshop, Alice Howard shares her small business journey. Initially setting up a shop focused on upcycling, later adding plants and then flowers to her offering led to the creation of her current florist and artisan gift store based in London. After studying Business Management at university, she did a ski season as a ski h…
 
#49 - Botanical dyer Sian Cornish shares her small business journey. After many years working in manufacturing and the construction industry, the recession led to her setting up Lancaster & Cornish, creating beautiful hand-dyed silk products. After studying a Geology degree at Oxford University, she went on to study a Masters in Environmental Scien…
 
#48 - Farmer florist Sarah Whiting shares her small business journey. After working for many years in the NHS, she took redundancy. And having always been a keen gardener, spent time in her garden. Then seven years ago, she decided to set up Nettlewood Flowers. Born in Australia, Sarah spent over 20 years in senior management in the NHS in the UK. …
 
#47 - Farmer florist Tammy Hall shares her small business journey. On moving from Australia to London to work as an architect, she met her partner and went to live on his farm in the Shropshire countryside. And ten years ago, she decided to set up Wild Bunch Flowers. Born in East Africa and growing up in Australia, Tammy spent a lot of time in her …
 
#46 - Founder of Hikarui, Chikae Howland shares her small business journey. After working as a florist, she created her concept of Lightweight Living, Hikarui, which was born out of her own need to find ways to improve her lifestyle and overall well-being. As a child, she was always creative and knew that she wanted to run her own business. In 2012…
 
#45 - Texas-based floristry blogger and podcaster Amy McGee shares her small business journey. After working as a dental hygenist, she now runs the blog Botanical Brouhaha and Bloom Trust Co, plus hosts the Botanical Brouhaha podcast. Her interest in flowers and plants was awakened when she and her husband bought their first house around 2000. The …
 
#044 - Cake designer Krishanthi Armitt shares her small business journey. Starting in investment banking, she'd always loved baking. When she started a family, she decided to do a Sugar Flowers & Piped Royal Icing Decoration course. Now she specialises in luxury wedding cakes adorned with exquisite hand-crafted sugar flowers. Having moved to German…
 
#43 - Florists Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin from Rebel Rebel share their small business journey. Starting in 2020, they've grown their small floral events company into a thriving business with a shop in Mare Street Market in East London, a weddings and events team, a workshop near Broadway Market and Rebel Italia in Tuscany. After becoming frie…
 
#042 - Coach, writer and speaker Mandy Lehto shares her small business journey. Starting in investment banking, she changed career and trained to be a coach. And she now coaches perfectionists, people-pleasers and overachievers. After completing a PhD at Cambridge University, she worked in investment banking, travelling all over the world with her …
 
#041 - Florist and flower grower India Hurst from Vervain shares her small business journey. Coming from a family of growers, she set up her floristry business in 2014. And she now creates wedding and event flowers in her 'orchestrated chaos' floral style. Both India's parents are horticulturalists. Her dad developed a growing medium and her great …
 
#040 - Founding Editor and Publisher of 91 Magazine Caroline Rowland shares her small business story. After working as a Picture Editor at the Financial Times, she decided to set up an independent interiors and lifestyle magazine. Growing up in Northern Ireland, after going to art college in Belfast, she moved to London. Initially, she studied fash…
 
#039 - Florist Pearl Watt shares her small business story. After an extensive career working in the fashion industry, just prior to the pandemic she set up her floristry business, Millefleur. She creates floral designs for weddings and events, together with running workshops. From a very early age, she realised that she was creative. When she went …
 
#038 - Textile designer Fiona Douglas shares her small business journey, from studying at Glasgow Art School to setting up her business Bluebellgray in 2009. She now offers a full range of homeware including fabric, bedding, wallpaper, rugs and tableware, all in her signature colourful, handpainted, watercolour style. From an early age, Fiona was c…
 
#037 - Flower farmer Gill Hodgson shares her small business journey, from setting up Fieldhouse Flowers and starting to grow flowers in her 50s to setting up Flowers from the Farm, a UK association of British flower growers. Having always been a farmer growing crops, she started growing flowers when a friend who was getting married wanted 'flowers …
 
#036 - Writer, photographer and author Laura Pashby shares her small business journey. She discusses how to tell stories using words and photographs, together with the process of writing her recently published first book, 'Little Stories of Your Life'. Having studied English Literature, together with a Masters in Modern & Contemporary Poetry at uni…
 
#035 - Horticulturalist and founder of The Real Flower Company Rosebie Morton shares her small business journey. Her driving ambition is to supply people all around the UK with scented flowers. And she now sells both to trade and consumers. With her mother and grandmother both being horticulturally-minded, Rosebie's love and enthusiasm for scented …
 
#034 - Floral decorator, garden designer and author Lucy Hunter shares her small business journey. From initially working in the corporate world, she changed career and became a landscape designer. She now also works as a floral decorator and has written her first book, 'The Flower Hunter'. Growing up, she always knew she was creative and she loved…
 
#033 - Astrologer Christine Chalklin shares her small business journey. As well as reading astrology charts for small business owners, her services also include tarot card reading, numerology and coaching. Her aim with her work is to help her clients reach their full potential. Christine's grandmother and mother were interested in astrology. And sh…
 
#032 - Florist Leigh Chappell shares her small business story. Originally a graphic designer, she took up a friend's suggestion to take a floristry course and then decided to change career. She now creates wedding flower designs, runs workshops and is also co-organising the upcoming Strawberry Hill Flower Festival. Growing up in Wales, Leigh studie…
 
#031 - Brand designer Caz Harrison shares her career journey. Having worked initially as a graphic designer at a company in Surrey, she set up her own business, Making Waves, when she moved to Devon. She now focuses on brand identity, website design and design for print. After taking a foundation course in Exeter, she studied Visual Communication i…
 
#030 - Stylist and mentor Amy Louise Hatch shares her small business journey. Originally an Office Manager and PA, she decided to set up her own styling business after having her baby boy. She now runs The Timeless Stylist and also her new brand Amy Louise Hatch. Amy originally worked for various companies in the creative industry in London as an O…
 
#029 - Seed merchant Grace Alexander shares her multi-hyphenated 'suit to boot' career story. Originally, a psychologist, a change at work was the trigger to her deciding to plant some flowers in her garden. Since then she's become a seed merchant, has set up a membership site and written her first book. Based in Somerset, Grace was working as a ch…
 
#028 - Florist Joanne Truby shares her small business journey. Moving from the corporate world to study floristry, she set up her wedding and event design company in 2012. She now also runs masterclasses and taster days, teaching how to create floral designs in her natural, English country garden style. After her A levels, she worked in the e-comme…
 
#027 - Farmer Florist Rebecca Stuart from The Garden Gate Flower Company shares her small business journey. After working in various roles in a corporate environment in London and Bath, she now lives in her home county of Cornwall, growing and designing flowers for weddings. And she recently started creative art direction for product styling and pr…
 
#026 - Farmer Florist Milli Proust shares her small business journey. After studying to be an actor, then working as an archivist, a move out of London to West Sussex led to her growing flowers using sustainable practices. She now creates designs for weddings and events, plus has a nationwide bouquet delivery service. Inspired by her grandmother, M…
 
#025 - Commercial Interiors Stylist and Writer Joanna Thornhill shares her career story. As well as her styling work, she also writes for magazines and a trend forecasting agency, creates copy and content for creative business and interior design clients. Plus she's written three books. After having studied fashion promotion, she began working in T…
 
#024 - Florist Melissa Richardson shares her small business journey. After running a model agency for many years, in her mid-fifties she set up JamJar Flowers in London. Now with a team of three permanent staff, she designs floral concepts, installations and art pieces for bespoke events and private clients. On leaving school, she went to drama sch…
 
#023 - Husband and wife team Brett and Caroline run botanical design brand, Stengun Drawings, offering a collection of contemporary greeting cards, postcards and Giclee prints featuring flowers and plants. After having studied Fine Art at university, Caroline started working in the fashion world. And when her full-time job went down to four days a …
 
#022 - Landscape Architect Marian Boswall shares her small business journey. In 2004, she founded Marian Boswall Landscape Architects and their projects range from large trusts and estates open to the public, to park land developments and smaller private gardens. After studying French and Italian at Oxford University, she became an interiors buyer …
 
#021 - Florist Ellie Jauncey shares her small business journey. In 2009, with Anna Day, Ellie founded The Flower Appreciation Society in London. 11 years later, having moved to Somerset, she set up her second floristry business, Ede Flowers. After originally studying textiles and specialising in knitwear at Manchester Art School, in 2006 she moved …
 
#020 - Florist Grace Salter Haskins shares her small business journey. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to open a shop. And aged 21, her dream came true when she opened Bramble & Wild in Somerset. After originally planning on studying photography when she left school, at the suggestion of her mum, she started a floristry course and very …
 
#019 - Houseplant Obsessive and Interior Landscaper Ian Drummond shares his career story. Having developed an interest in houseplants at a very young age, he's now worked at London-based Indoor Garden Design for coming up to 30 years. Ian is also the author of the book 'At Home With Plants'. At the age of 4, he was given some houseplants by his par…
 
#018 - Florist Anna Potter shares her small business journey. Always having dreamt of opening a shop, she set up Swallows & Damsons in Sheffield several years ago. Her business has grown, attracting over 193K followers on Instagram. And she's also the author of 'The Flower Fix'. After studying fine art at university and not knowing what she wanted …
 
#017 - Transformational Courage & Confidence Coach Arianna Trapani shares her small business journey, including her two career changes from the world of interior design to lifestyle influencer to coach. She now specialises in helping femalepreneurs to have the courage to take rapid action by managing fear and boosting self-confidence. Arianna initi…
 
#016 - Artist Brigitte Girling from Moss & Stone Floral Design shares her small business journey, plus her career change from teaching to starting her business. Based in Suffolk, she teaches floristry via online courses and in-person classes. She also co-hosts the podcast, The Restless Creatives. After studying psychology at university, Brigitte de…
 
#015 - Florist Sarah Statham from Simply by Arrangement shares her small business journey and career change from working as a criminal lawyer to entering the world of flowers. Based in Yorkshire in the North of England, she teaches others how to arrange flowers and also creates designs for weddings. For over 20 years, Sarah worked as a criminal law…
 
#014 - Personal Stylist and Image Consultant, Anita Feron Clark shares her small business journey and her career change from working in the corporate world to setting up Feron Clark Style. Now she helps people look and feel their best every day. After graduating, she joined Marks & Spencer as a trainee fashion buyer, where she worked for 12 years, …
 
#013 - Brand Strategist and Creative Director, Fiona Humberstone shares her small business journey and how she came to set up The Brand Stylist. With the aid of her online courses, seminars, consultancy and books, she now helps small businesses create distinctive brands. Following her graduation from Sheffield University, Fiona worked for Printing.…
 
#012 - Floral designer and writer Shane Connolly shares his small business journey, setting up his company Shane Connolly & Co, arranging flowers for royal weddings, recently guest curating a Constance Spry exhibition, together with his thoughts on sustainability. Shane first started his floristry journey back in the 1980s working at an event flori…
 
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