Budding florist Emily Hepworth gets top business award

Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Young Businessperson of the Year, florist Emily Hepworth pictured with her former teacher Leanne Newton and former tutor Sue Dolton at Malmesbury School

Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Young Businessperson of the Year, florist Emily Hepworth pictured with her former teacher Leanne Newton and former tutor Sue Dolton at Malmesbury School

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BUSINESS is blossoming for one young florist who has celebrated winning a top accolade at Cirencester’s Chamber of Commerce Awards 2014.

Emily Hepworth of Persephone Violet floristry was named Young Business Person of the Year at the awards.

The 18-year-old has only been operating her floristry business for around six months but has already started attracting customers.“I first became interested in floristry when I was 10,” said Emily. “We were having a Christmas event at school and everyone was bringing in turkey and Christmas pudding.

“When I was put in charge of the centre pieces, I was over the moon. I have always loved flowers.”

Emily is currently based in Malmesbury and lives with her parents. She has her own workshop in the garden and works as a mobile service with clients all over the Cotswolds.

Emily is studying to achieve a level four in her floristry diploma and hopes to reach level five which will allow her to teach others her skills.

“In the future I would like to teach others to be as passionate about flowers as me,” said Emily.

Emily specialises in providing flowers for events and occasions with meaning.

“Every flower has a different meaning and put together can convey a message or story,” she said. “This is popular with all of my customers and can add that special touch for brides.”

Emily has even set up a ‘thanks a bunch’ campaign where customers can say thank you to someone inspirational in their lives with a bouquet of flowers.

Kicking off the campaign, the student presented her bunch of flowers to two of her former teachers who she said always inspired her to do well.

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