Sonning Flowers celebrates it’s 20th business birthday!

This month Sonning Flowers celebrates it’s 20th business birthday! Founded in April 2004 in Sonning, fast forward 20 years and now Sonning Flowers is a team of 12, working across Reading and Newbury, with 5 regional awards and 1 national award in the last 4 years.

Owner Heather, became part of the Sonning Flowers journey over a decade ago. Heather’s love for floristry started at 14 years of age after a week’s work experience at a local florist. She loved it from the moment she walked through the door and knew this is what she was destined to do.

From starting as a Saturday girl at Sonning Flowers 13 years ago, to obtaining her level 4 City & Guilds Qualification in Floristry aged 19. In 2018, Heather became the proud owner of Sonning Flowers and what an adventure it’s been!

 

Sonning Flowers celebrates its 20th birthday

Can anyone really prepare you for what owning and running a small business involves? It’s a rollercoaster to say the least, Heather explains:

“The pandemic meant our shop doors closed temporarily and a large number of weddings and events were postponed. 

Some aspects of the business were put on hold, but our website became our shop front and our gift bouquet ranges flourished! This kept us busy throughout the pandemic and it’s without a doubt why we are still standing today. I will never be able to thank our loyal customers for the continuing support they have given us, particularly through the pandemic”.

A change of location

In 2021, after 10 years on the high street, Sonning Flowers moved out of Reading town centre to a countryside workshop in Kingsclere, just outside Newbury. With so many customers shopping online and wedding couples visiting their workshop, having a high street presence no longer made sense.

We are now located next to Growing Together, an amazing local charity which includes planting, growing flowers and vegetables, and a forest school. And our consultation cabin overlooks their cutting patch. It’s a lovely spot, which changes with the seasons and it’s such a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We are very lucky to be able to call this our workspace.

Now with a head count of 12 employed staff, Sonning Flowers continues to have a strong presence across Reading, Newbury, Thatcham and their surrounding areas.

Our team are busy producing and delivering gift bouquets across Berkshire and North Hampshire.

We are also privileged to be a recommended wedding flowers supplier for several local wedding venues, for which we have won several awards over the last few years.

We also provide corporate flowers to business across the South and regularly run lots of flower workshops at key times in the year for our lovely customers.

Sonning Flowers celebrates its 20th birthday

Award winning florist

Highlights in Sonning Flowers story so far include providing floral arrangements for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

And we are extremely proud to have won National Wedding Florist of the Year in 2022 at the Wedding Industry Awards.

Heather notes “this was an all-time high for me and still gives me goosebumps to this day, it’s a moment I will cherish forever. None of this would be possible without the support and loyalty of all of our customers, wedding couples and also my fantastic team. Thank you so much for supporting us and cheers to the next 20 years!”

Sonning Flowers celebrates it’s 20th business birthday on 12th April with lots planned to celebrate including surprise gifts for customers. We’ve also developed a beautiful new range of Seasonal Bouquets to celebrate 20 years in business. Here are a few examples of our latest range: 

Click on the link to see the rest of our birthday gift seasonal bouquet range. 

(Pictures of Heather courtesy of Binky Nixon)

Sonning Flowers celebrates it’s 20th business birthday!
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