Bloomsbury Flowers | Being Independent
Bloomsbury Flowers was opened in 1994 by former Royal Ballet dancers, Stephen Wicks and Mark Welford, and quickly became synonymous with beautiful flowers, arranged beautifully.
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Being Independent

Being Independent

No, this is not about Brexit…!!!

There are still many independent shops around although they may be few and far between here in the West End of London but we are approaching our 25th anniversary this year and are proud to still be here! When you buy flowers from an independent florist, you are not only supporting them and the local community – whether that be here in London or anywhere else in the UK – you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, foliage and plants they stock as they are often likely to be buying UK grown products. This is unlike the large conglomerates such as supermarkets, online companies and ‘order gatherers’.  
 
Order gatherers are what we call those businesses with names that usually come up at the top of a search engine ranking as they will be paying a lot of money for their advertisement.  They will not have a bricks and mortar shop and will more than likely be working from a large industrial estate which could be anywhere in the UK. 
 
Whilst they may offer same or next day delivery, they will not be local to where you wish to send flowers so they will end up out-sourcing to another relay service. They will not have the choice of flowers an independent shop will have and they will certainly not stock the quality or freshness of flowers that you would expect to buy from your local shop.  Also it’s worth bearing in mind that you will not get the full value of your order because a hefty commission will be taken even before the florist chooses the flowers.
 
When you go to your local independent florist, you will be working with someone who cares about their trade, is knowledgeable about the product and is a skilled designer.  They will advise you on what flowers are in season, the best colour combination and they will work with your budget.  Their creativity, artistry and attention to detail is something that a supermarket, letter-box delivery company or online order gatherer cannot begin to offer.
 
On a number of occasions, we have been asked to step in by people who have ordered flowers from online companies, including a well-known department store, for various events – one was even a small wedding! – and they have come to us distraught because the flowers have either not turned up, they arrived and were damaged or the company emailed to say, with no good reason, that the flowers would not be arriving.  Luckily we were able to help out but it’s always best to come to us in the first place…
 
It’s easy enough to find a local florist and avoiding the mistake of going through an order gatherer; simply head to a website such as yell.comyelp.co.uk and even florismart.com.  Once on one of these sites, simply type in the postcode you want to send the flowers to and a list of flower shops will come up in that area and you can speak to them directly.

There are still many independent shops around although they may be few and far between here in the West End of London but we are approaching our 25th anniversary this year and are proud to still be here! When you buy flowers from an independent florist, you are not only supporting them and the local community – whether that be here in London or anywhere else in the UK – you are also supporting the growers of the flowers, foliage and plants they stock as they are often likely to be buying UK grown products. This is unlike the large conglomerates such as supermarkets, online companies and ‘order gatherers’. 

Order gatherers are what we call those businesses with names that usually come up at the top of a search engine ranking as they will be paying a lot of money for their advertisement.  They will not have a bricks and mortar shop and will more than likely be working from a large industrial estate which could be anywhere in the UK. 

Whilst they may offer same or next day delivery, they will not be local to where you wish to send flowers so they will end up out-sourcing to another relay service. They will not have the choice of flowers an independent shop will have and they will certainly not stock the quality or freshness of flowers that you would expect to buy from your local shop.  Also it’s worth bearing in mind that you will not get the full value of your order because a hefty commission will be taken even before the florist chooses the flowers.

When you go to your local independent florist, you will be working with someone who cares about their trade, is knowledgeable about the product and is a skilled designer.  They will advise you on what flowers are in season, the best colour combination and they will work with your budget.  Their creativity, artistry and attention to detail is something that a supermarket, letter-box delivery company or online order gatherer cannot begin to offer.

On a number of occasions, we have been asked to step in by people who have ordered flowers from online companies, including a well-known department store, for various events – one was even a small wedding! – and they have come to us distraught because the flowers have either not turned up, they arrived and were damaged or the company emailed to say, with no good reason, that the flowers would not be arriving.  Luckily we were able to help out but it’s always best to come to us in the first place…

It’s easy enough to find a local florist and avoiding the mistake of going through an order gatherer; simply head to a website such as yell.comyelp.co.uk and even florismart.com.  Once on one of these sites, simply type in the postcode you want to send the flowers to and a list of flower shops will come up in that area and you can speak to them directly.