Have you ever wondered how it would be to work as a florist? In this article series, we give you a peak in the life of a florist. This week’s article features wedding flower specialist Vicky Laffey, who has made it to the top 50 UK wedding florists in 2018! At the moment she is the proud owner of Floral Quarter, but Vicky has actually not always been a florist. Read on and see how she has handled a huge career switch and turned it into a success story.
Written by Vicky Laffey – Floral Quarter
“I knew I desperately wanted to exercise my creative side”
Once upon a time, back in 2010, I worked in the IT department of a well-known bank (alright, it was Northern Rock, THE credit crunch bank!). I’m never one to complain about things for too long. So after some time of not liking my job, I decided to do something about it and retrain. I wanted to choose something that I wanted to do, as opposed to a job I fell into. I also knew I desperately wanted to exercise my creative side. So I set about thinking what I used to want to be as I was growing up. Being a Florist was one of those things.
“Ever since my first linear arrangement on that first day, I knew I loved it”
The idea grew on me so I approached TyneMet College about a course and signed up. Ever since my first linear arrangement on that first day, I knew I loved it and wanted to make a career out of it. Whilst still at the bank, I went to college, made arrangements for friends, did work experience at a local shop (a shop that I ended up buying some years later) and even started my own market stall at Tynemouth Markets on a Sunday.
“I filled in my voluntary redundancy form quicker than you can say Financial Crisis”
Then when the rumours of redundancy at the bank became true a few months later, I lept at the chance and filled in my voluntary redundancy form quicker than you can say Financial Crisis. In July of 2011, Floral Quarter officially started full time. I worked from home for a while, rented my first workshop premises a few months later, then in June 2012, I took the big step of buying my first shop, the shop I had gained my work experience in! The owner was retiring and selling up, so who better for it to go to than me.
“I’m now a wedding flower specialist”
Since then, Floral Quarter has gone from strength to strength, through a few changes and ups and downs. I’m now a wedding flower specialist working from a huge workshop, rather than doing the retail side. So I guess you could say I’m a redundancy success story and living proof that redundancy is not the end of the world, in fact, it’s more often than not the beginning of something great! I couldn’t have done it without the help of my family and friends along the way. If you’re going to be successful in business, you need to have good and understanding people around you!