How To Become A Florist

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in General | Comments Off on How To Become A Florist

There are more than 8,000 florist shops in the UK, and nearly 7,000 florist businesses in an industry that is now worth £1.5 billion. It’s not surprising that increasing numbers of people are wanting to join the fun. Described by those involved as a lifestyle, not a job, floristry isn’t just a bed of roses. Early mornings, long shifts and busy periods are matched by quiet times; but if they don’t scare you, you might make it work! Everyone working with Office flowers Birmingham needs a decent early start!

Training is not crucial but as we all know, knowledge is power, and there are various ways to gain floristry qualifications. Gaining an apprenticeship and learning on the job is one of the most effective ways to learn the trade; witnessing the ins and outs of the everyday and seeing if you’ve got what it takes. The main path most UK florists take is doing a course. Part-time and full-time courses are available in order to gain practical qualifications; NPTC, BTEC and City & Guilds all offer some sort of award. You can also go back to university and get yourself a degree in Garden Design or Floral Industry. NVQ’s in floristry are also a possibility. The highest award in floristry in the UK is the National Diploma of the Society of Floristry. Most professional florists in the UK are members of the society, which offers certificates for florists to test, prove and improve their skills. Competition is an issue in every industry, especially when it comes to conducting your business online. All great businesses must have an impressive online presence and floristry is no different. It’s important to build up a recognisable brand for your loyal customer base.

A large part of your success will depend on your local area and how many successful florists there already are. You want people to think of you on every occasion, and your shop front should tempt people to buy flowers ‘just because’ on the way home. A Unique Selling Point is just as important in floristry as it is in any other industry, so it’s good to work yours out early. What sets you apart from others? What makes you the best in the area?

Early AM starts are common as you’ve got to go to market three times a week, load your van and take the flowers back to your shop. Often these trips are done solo, meaning that being strong and fit is a must in order to carry out all the heavy lifting. Once back from the market it’s time to put together the custom bouquets and ready-made bunches, as well as handling deliveries. Then of course there is making sure your shop is looking its best, helping customers and managing stock. Most florist businesses are relatively small, with one in four having no employees and 66% employing between one and nine. This may be appealing to many, as handling a small workforce helps retain consistency across the board. Not only will the few employees get to know the business, but your customers will get to know you, and everyone prefers to buy something from people they know and trust. You also want to have a good relationship with market traders in order to get the best deals and advanced knowledge.

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How To Become A Florist

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in General | Comments Off on How To Become A Florist

There are more than 8,000 florist shops in the UK, and nearly 7,000 florist businesses in an industry that is now worth £1.5 billion. It’s not surprising that increasing numbers of people are wanting to join the fun. Described by those involved as a lifestyle, not a job, floristry isn’t just a bed of roses. Early mornings, long shifts and busy periods are matched by quiet times; but if they don’t scare you, you might make it work! Everyone working with Florist in Birmingham needs a decent early start!

Training is not crucial but as we all know, knowledge is power, and there are various ways to gain floristry qualifications. Gaining an apprenticeship and learning on the job is one of the most effective ways to learn the trade; witnessing the ins and outs of the everyday and seeing if you’ve got what it takes. The main path most UK florists take is doing a course. Part-time and full-time courses are available in order to gain practical qualifications; NPTC, BTEC and City & Guilds all offer some sort of award. You can also go back to university and get yourself a degree in Garden Design or Floral Industry. NVQ’s in floristry are also a possibility. The highest award in floristry in the UK is the National Diploma of the Society of Floristry. Most professional florists in the UK are members of the society, which offers certificates for florists to test, prove and improve their skills. Competition is an issue in every industry, especially when it comes to conducting your business online. All great businesses must have an impressive online presence and floristry is no different. It’s important to build up a recognisable brand for your loyal customer base.

A large part of your success will depend on your local area and how many successful florists there already are. You want people to think of you on every occasion, and your shop front should tempt people to buy flowers ‘just because’ on the way home. A Unique Selling Point is just as important in floristry as it is in any other industry, so it’s good to work yours out early. What sets you apart from others? What makes you the best in the area?

Early AM starts are common as you’ve got to go to market three times a week, load your van and take the flowers back to your shop. Often these trips are done solo, meaning that being strong and fit is a must in order to carry out all the heavy lifting. Once back from the market it’s time to put together the custom bouquets and ready-made bunches, as well as handling deliveries. Then of course there is making sure your shop is looking its best, helping customers and managing stock. Most florist businesses are relatively small, with one in four having no employees and 66% employing between one and nine. This may be appealing to many, as handling a small workforce helps retain consistency across the board. Not only will the few employees get to know the business, but your customers will get to know you, and everyone prefers to buy something from people they know and trust. You also want to have a good relationship with market traders in order to get the best deals and advanced knowledge.

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Why Europe Should Be Your Christmas Market Haven

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in General | Comments Off on Why Europe Should Be Your Christmas Market Haven

There are so many options out there for an exciting break away from it all over the festive season and in this guide we’ve put together something that will give you tips on where to go. We don’t just focus on the coach holiday trips to Ireland you can take but on the sun seekers destinations. Have a look through the guide and see whether there’s anything that takes your fancy! Some of you out there must love making lists, going up to the attic or storage cupboards to find the decorations and even being excited to wake up early on Christmas morning to get started on the Christmas dinner you waited all year for. But if the thought of the holiday season at home again with the endless round of family visits and visitors feels like too much hard work, why not change things up? We have an excellent idea for you: why not take off on a relaxing get away? Or failing that, go online and look up some fantastically festive Xmas coach holiday.

  • Malta: At Christmas, Malta lights up with lots of decorations from the beachside cafes and bars to the historical streets and churches of the country’s capital. The compact, cosy little island is perfect for exploring the ancient fortified towns and neighbouring tiny Gozo, or simply relaxing in your seaside resort hotel.
  • Spain: Choosing to stay in the lively city of Barcelona for a short break and explore the wild coast of the Costa Brava on Christmas Day. Or, spend Christmas Day relaxing in a hotel spa in the hills of Andalucia, enjoying various trips to Seville, home of the flamenco and Granada with its beautiful palaces.
  • Cyprus: The town of beautiful Paphos will be looking forward to its year as European Capital of Culture this year over Christmas and you can join the celebrations over Christmas Eve dinner and perhaps a visit from the Cypriot Father Christmas for the kids! The mild winter weather is better to handle than the colder weather in the English countryside! It’s perfect for visiting the archaeological sites!
  • Portugal: If you choose to base yourself in the peaceful resort of Estoril, you’ll be among gorgeous seaside walks and only a short hop from the beautiful city of Lisbon and the perfect base for sightseeing in the former royal playground of Sintra. Head south to the Algarve if you are able to. It is the sunshine coast of the country is absolutely and perfect at Christmas time.
  • Canary Island Cruise: Not many people know this, but you can sail south to the sun on a Christmas and New Year cruise from Bristol. Christmas Day is spent celebrating at sea and Boxing Day in Gibraltar on a two week cruise to the canary islands and Madeira, 500 miles from the coast of Africa in the Atlantic.
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Top Reasons why you should hire a Security Guard for your Business

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in General | Comments Off on Top Reasons why you should hire a Security Guard for your Business

Indeed, having a business is not easy because there are so many things that you have to carefully look into. You have to think of different strategies to gain profit and to have a quick return on investment in such a short time. Moreover, the safety and security of your employees and your clients lie in your hands as well.

This is the main reason why a lot of business owners outsource other business to make sure that they can provide what is best for both their clients and employees. One of the most commonly outsource business is the security company. There are so many security companies in London and definitely, you have to choose the right one. Below are the top reasons why every business should hire a security agency.

The main reason why businesses hire a security guard is for safety reasons. You can never tell when trouble comes just like theft and robbery, and when there is somebody watching over your safety, you feel secure. Security guards should be hired especially if the business is high-risk like banks. Moreover, your clients will also feel secure knowing that you are also concerned with their safety.

Second, all security personnel is trained therefore, they can help in lowering the risks of crimes in your business. They are trained how to handle guns, fight scenes, detention of suspects and much more. Therefore, when bad elements can see the presence of a security personnel inside a business establishment, surely, they are thinking twice or thrice whether they want to pursue bad actions or not. Moreover, other security companies provide security dogs to make sure that explosives cannot enter the business premises.

Third, a security guard can help in monitoring the business. Aside from keeping the business safe, the security guard monitors whether everything in the operations is doing fine. For instance, it is their routine to do daily and nightly rounds to ensure that there are no problems. Moreover, they also do monitoring with the CCTV cameras and much more.

Lastly, security guards can help in achieving good customer service for the clients. These guards are not only trained to protect and ensure safety. They are also trained on how to deal with people well. They have great customer service and that is the reason why they welcome guests in events or even malls. Moreover, they have good socializing skills and problem management skills and these are best seen during traffic situations and traffic ones as well.

In conclusion, all businesses outsource a security company for so many reasons. The first one is to ensure safety for the clients and employees. The second one is to decrease the risk of crimes in the establishments due to security personnel setting. Third, they have good monitoring skills. Lastly, they have good customer service skills as well. Since there are so many security companies, it is very important that you thoroughly screen before you choose one.

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Make Your Bridal Dress Sparkle

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in General | Comments Off on Make Your Bridal Dress Sparkle

Congratulations on your engagement and on finding your perfect wedding gown. In this particular article we are going to focus on the next step of wedding dress shopping: the accessories! It doesn’t matter whether you have an up do or down do, whether you have a fifties style swing dress or a full princess meringue and look like a toilet roll cover: accessories are very important. If you have flipped through a range of dresses and chosen to purchase a Shop caroline castigliano mademoiselle  you’ll know that accessorising is not the easiest but in this guide we will take you through the golden rules for choosing your accessories.

You may not realise this, but matching your metals is crucial. Some metals look better with certain dress shades and as a general rule, ivory is best paired with gold since the creamy tints are highlighted in the fabric. Silver or platinum should be matched to a pure white dress as gold can look a little gaudy against brighter white hues. If your Caroline Castigliano Wedding Dresses is barely off-white then yellow gold will bring out the colour and match beautifully. If your dress is embellished with beadwork then let the beads dictate the colours of the accessories. Silver beads to silver metals etc. Less truly is more when it comes to your bridal look so if you want the full works of a veil, tiara, sash, earrings and necklace prepare to look a little more Christmas tree and a little less beautiful bride. Look at the gown you’ve chosen and the features that make it stand out to know what accessories to go for. For a simple gown, bold statement necklaces or fascinators draw the eye rather than a bold accessory on a giant dress – it just overdoes the look. If your hair is in an elegant up do then chandelier earrings wouldn’t look out of place as the focus is more on your ears and neck. Avoid designs that mimic dress embellishments as you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard.

Your veil, if you are having one, should match the exact shade of your gown. Not every bride wants a veil on her wedding day but every bride should do her best to keep style in mind. If you have a busy dress, a simple veil won’t steal the spotlight. If your dress has a low back or intricate lace work at the back, then a long thick veil won’t do it any justice. Consider your size: if you are a tall woman then a longer train will suit your stature. Petite brides can be swamped in tulle if the veil goes halfway down the aisle. Your shoes should be given careful consideration given the time you will be spending on them. Blasting into Jimmy Choo and spending hundreds of pounds on four inch skyscrapers won’t be realistic for your wedding day but may well look gorgeous with the dress. If your groom is fairly short, then towering over him on the day is going to make you look like you’re dragging him down the aisle and beating him with a club to get there. Be mindful of height at the front of the altar and if you’re willing to brave pointy stilettos for the service and purpose of the photos, then make sure you have a comfy pair of flats in a spare bag to switch into at the reception.

Although it’s a special day try not to experiment too far beyond what you already know will suit you. If you rarely wear jewellery then stick to that as there’s no reason to drown yourself in diamonds for one day. You want to look like the most beautiful version of the you that you already are.

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Hiring A Car Abroad

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in General | Comments Off on Hiring A Car Abroad

Hiring a car abroad can give you complete freedom when you’re on your holiday. You could also end up being charged for extras that you hadn’t anticipated. Rather than hire abroad you can also hire a land rover in London before you go. There are regular complaints from people who hire cars abroad and get stung by fees so instead what you would need it a company that specialises in prestige car hire in London. When you get a car rental, always read the contract thoroughly before signing it and ask any questions you are worried about. Check for extra charges in the small print and if you go through a broker instead of directly with a firm, this is especially important.

Large, impressive and achingly expensive cars project you as strong, powerful and wealthy and who doesn’t want to be represented in that way? Check out the insurance cover of your car hire so you can work out if you would be liable for more than you think, and even if you think you are fully covered, you may find that windows, tyres and the undercarriage of the car are not covered. If you want to go full fancy for your holiday, lamborghini hire companies london are there for you to be able to hire that little piece of luxury for your holiday.

Take photos of the car when you pick it up and again when you drop it off. This can take time but it will be worth it if there are any problems and if there is any damage, make sure it’s noted by the company and you should always keep your own photos. If you drop your car off out of hours, always make sure you take photos so you cannot be blamed for any damage. Check for safety equipment and spare tyres – this also takes time but check that all safety equipment required locally is present and the spare tyre is fully functioning.

Luxury car hire is better than cheap car hire as there are pit falls with going too cheap. Some initial prices will not include any fuel and you would be asked to pay more to reduce your insurance liability to zero, or take out extra personal injury cover. Before you know it, you’ve paid for all the extras and the price you now have to pay bears little relation to the one you thought you’d agreed on. Fuel charges in particular can be confusing and can dramatically increase costs.

It’s important to understand that if you leave with a full fuel tank, you should hand it back with a full tank. Yes, it costs extra but you should replace what you use every single time. Different companies have different policies on replacement fuel and it’s worth finding out what to expect before you arrive!

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