Writtle University College (WUC) received two prestigious awards at the British Florist Association's (BFA) Gala Dinner on 26 October.
WUC was named 'Training Provider of the Year' and staff member Elaine Thackray was awarded 'Tutor of the Year' during an outstanding evening at FleurEX 2019, the BFA’s annual trade show in Birmingham.
Nikki Meader, Retail Director of The British Florist Association, said: "over 200 people came together to celebrate The Industry Awards for 2019. Attracting more than 12,000 votes over 10 categories, The BFA were extremely pleased to announce the winner of Category 2 as Elaine Thackray from Writtle as Tutor of the Year and of Category 3 Writtle University College as Training Provider of the Year. These awards are given for their hard work and dedication to the floristry industry".
Standards among the shortlisted candidates were high. WUC and Elaine each competed against five highly-respected finalists. Jan Metcalfe, Curriculum Team Leader, said: "We were pleased to have reached the finals, but to have won is amazing. We're thrilled to receive such prestigious industry awards and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. It's good to see our commitment to high teaching standards and student success recognised by so many people within the sector."
Elaine Thackray added: "I was so excited to have received an award. It's an honour to help students develop the skills and experience they need to succeed within our rewarding industry."
The BFA is the only recognised trade association in the UK, representing 8000 professional flower shops across the country. The categories of the BFA Industry awards aim to reflect the ever-changing floristry industry.