Floral Expressions are a local florist that have stood the test of time; they have just celebrated their 20th Anniversary of trading in Kirkby town centre.
Floral Expressions was first opened on the 10th October 1999 by sisters, Zoe and Jade Thompson when they were 19 and 17 respectively. Speaking about the beginnings of the shop Zoe Thompson, owner, said “I saw the shop when it stood empty, as I drove past, and thought that it would make an ideal spot for a florist with the double windows, perfect for creating beautiful window displays.”
Zoe had just finished her training at Brakenhurst College when they bought the shop on Station Street, Kirkby. Her sister Jade, completed her floristry and retail NVQs through work based training in the shop. Alongside the shop, they also run flower arranging classes every month which they started 15 years ago.
To celebrate the milestone birthday they held a party for their customers on the 10th October and they held a raffle with 20 bouquets as prizes. Through sales of the raffle tickets they raised £200 which they donated equally to Angels Small Paws Dog Rescue and Brinsley Animal Rescue. The sisters were also presented with a certificate to celebrate their 20th birthday by Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council
Zoe said “We owe our success to our loyal customers, without them we wouldn’t still be here today. When we first started it was hard, the initial years were a struggle. People said to us that we would never survive in Kirkby. But we built up a fantastic customer base and gained business from local funeral directors. Now we are the only florist in Kirkby twenty years later.”
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council, said “Local businesses offer experiences that larger chains do not and that is why it is important that we celebrate the independent successes. People come to Floral Expressions for the customer service that is provided, as well as the excellent quality of the flowers and products on offer. We need shops like this to continue to prosper in order to keep people continuing to shop on our highstreets. Supporting local businesses is important for our town centres and the people that live and work there.”