It has withstood a world war and tough trading times on the high street but now one Interflora florist shop is celebrating 80 years in business.
Ivison, The Lichfield Florist, in Staffordshire has been delivering flowers in Lichfield and the surrounding area for the past 80 years. The family run florist shop was also one of the first to join the Interflora flower delivery network, which was founded in 1910.
Hannah Woolley, aged 22, said “This year marks our eightieth year in business which is quite an achievement considering that the shop has survived a world war and is still trading despite the current economic climate.”
Hannah took over the family business in 2010 after her grandfather passed away and has since completed her Level 2 and 3 floristry qualifications at Robaston and Derby college. She still works closely with her grandmother, who she says inspired her to become a florist:
“I’ve been helping out in the shop from the age of 14 and always knew that I wanted to follow in the family’s footsteps. Floristry brings out my creative side and it’s a joy to celebrate people’s special occasions with them.”
When asked about the secret to their success story Hannah’s grandmother, Christine Ivison, said: “A lot has changed in eighty years but people still enjoy sending and receiving a gift of beautiful flowers.”
Congratulations to Hannah and Christine on their fantastic achievement!
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