Prestigious job offer signals rosy future for talented florist

August 26, 2013

A young Crossmaglen woman can look forward to a rosy future in her chosen career of professional floristry after landing a job with a prestigious London florists.

Siobhan Hughes was made an offer “that was too good to refuse” when she was contacted by the prestigious Neill Strain Floral Couture, based in Belgravia, London.

Having won a silver medal in the Junior Florist of the Year contest at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year, Siobhan’s talent was recognized by Mr Strain, one of the most influential florists in the business, and she was invited to visit his boutique.

When a vacancy for an experienced florist became available, Siobhan was encouraged to consider moving to London to further her already blooming career.

Neill Strain Floral Couture specialises in corporate floristry and can boast members of the Royal family among its high class clientele.  The opportunity to work with all types of flowers on such a scale is something Siobhan says she just couldn’t refuse and she is relishing the prospect of furthering her career and learning new skills across the water.

“It’s a big opportunity and too good to turn down.  It’s a bit overwhelming to be actually moving away but I think for the long run and what I will get out of it, it will be well worth it.  It’s just totally different floristry from here and the opportunities that will come from going there is something I need to do to further myself,” Siobhan told The Examiner.

“The corporate work and floristry on such a big scale is something that I wouldn’t get to do here so I’m really looking forward to that bit.  I’d like to learn floristry elements in different places so I’d like to travel, perhaps even to America.”

Siobhan’s ambition is to open her own florist’s in the future, have gained the skills to offer customers something “that little bit different”, and there’s little doubt she’s well on her way to achieving her dream.

Although sad to see her go, Siobhan’s colleagues at George Preston florists, Newry recognize the excellent opportunity afforded to her and wish her well in the future.

Siobhan will take up her new post at the beginning of September.