John is a Horticulturalist and has been in the flower and plant trade for over 30 years.
He was the first person to supply British grown flowers and plants to the major supermarkets, M&S, Waitrose and Tesco in 1984/85, before becoming the largest importer of Cut Orchids into the UK.
Since selling the Orchid business, he has been involved with turning around the fortunes of a large flower grower, as well as consulting for and promoting British Flower growers and wholesalers, developing their websites and running their SEO.
He helped NAFAS secure Gold medals at several Chelsea Flower Shows, and sourced all the flowers for their 50th Anniversary Flower Festival held in Westminster Abbey in 2009. The astounding success of this show then resulted him in becoming involved with sourcing flowers for: Chichester, Guildford, Salisbury, Portsmouth and Manchester Cathedral flower festivals, over many years and raising millions of pounds.
He has also written numerous articles and appeared in several television documentaries about the flower industry for BBC TV and trade and lifestyle magazines.
Claire attended Liverpool University where she studied English.
She then went on to become a freelance proof-reader, working for several prestigious publications before spending 18 years as a horticultural accountant.
She then spent several years helping the largest, privately owned Dutch flower exporter, change direction from supplying wholesalers to retailers via their on-line platform, for which she wrote the text and handled the enquiries.
More recently, Claire is consulting for a large, wholesale flower company, supplying Dutch and British grown flowers and foliage to large wedding and event florists in and around London. Apart from doing his accounts and credit control, she helps manage the clients.
She has an extremely good knowledge of the UK flower industry and has developed some very valued and influential clients.
Some of the work we have done.