Floristry student entrepreneur opens her first shop

February 2016

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Former Writtle College Floristry student, Sophie Jones has opened her first Florist Shop – ‘Ivy Rose Florist’ in Brentwood. Sophie completed both the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Floristry at the College, finishing in June 2015.

Whilst studying at Writtle, Sophie was invited to compete in a floristry challenge on the Alan Titchmarsh Television Show, judged by celebrity florist Simon Lycett, which she won!

Sophie opened her brand new shop in Ongar Road, Brentwood at the beginning of February. Prior to this she was working as a freelance florist for several Essex-based florists. Sophie said: “I wanted to create a shop where everyone feels welcome, no matter what the occasion, and to appeal to a wide range of customers. As well as selling flowers, we also have a range of bulbs and plants that are beautifully potted and we will shortly be selling candles from a Suffolk-based wholesaler. I have a great enthusiasm for wedding floristry and am delighted to have already taken several bookings for this year and am looking forward to many more.

The shop is located near to a retirement complex, and in the near future, I am planning to launch a series of classes and workshops, starting with an Afternoon Tea and Flower Arrangement session for the residents”.

Sophie added: “I am so grateful for not only what I was taught at Writtle College, but also for the amazing support from all of the staff I came into contact with. I believe that it was my experience at Writtle that pushed me to take this step to launch my own business and I would recommend the College to anyone”.

Helen Sheard, Lecturer in FE Floristry at Writtle College commented: “Sophie was a great student – always willing to learn and try new things. I am delighted to hear that she has opened her own florist shop and we wish her all the best with her new venture.”

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