Little Flower Shop celebrates three years of success - despite opening after a recession

Samantha Powell at The Little Flower Shop.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Samantha Powell at The Little Flower Shop.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A florist who opened in the wake of a global recession has hailed her business as a success three years on.

After launching from a garage, mum-of-three Samantha Powell now provides flowers for more than 50 weddings a year from her Thorpe florist shop, The Little Flower Shop, in St Williams Way.

Opening in the wake of a recession was not an easy feat, but Mrs Powell said throwing herself in at the deep end had made her business stronger.

'I opened on December 1 in a recession and people said I was mad. But I said if I can't do this in this climate I will never do it,' she said.

Using a lot of local and organic flowers has been key to her success.

Three years on her shop is successful and provides employment for three people.

She said: 'It's about keeping it small and managing your margins better. You have to be creative and put an edge on your work so you stand out.'