Spotlight Interview: Lucy Jane Flowers – a portrait of an award-winning florist
Lucy Ransome of Lucy Jane Flowers provides us with another in our series of ‘Spotlight Interviews’ with the great and good of Suffolk.
As the owner of another independent business, I believe that we are the life-blood of the economy and heart of a county. And Lucy is a great example with her fabulous florist business Lucy Jane Flowers of Debenham.
Lucy has been making our guests happy for a number of years now with fabulous bouquets, ordered directly.
This is Lucy prepping a LOT of flowers ahead of a proposal in our Granary Barn at Woodfarm in September 2017. The lucky lady said yes!
So, let’s find out a little more about Lucy Jane Flowers.
WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I studied Accountancy and then worked from home. After 9 wonderful years bringing up my family, I went back to college and studied Floristry.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS? I took a place on a six-week taster course with a group of girlfriends, and loved every minute of it!
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR ROLE IS? Florist, Owner and friend.
IS SUFFOLK A GREAT PLACE TO WORK AND IF SO, WHY? I was born and bred in Suffolk and love the county.
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Individuality.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU AND THE BUSINESS? Hopefully another branch elsewhere.
WHICH FLOWERS ARE YOUR PERSONAL FAVOURITE AND WHAT’S THE MOST POPULAR WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS? I personally love Hydrangeas but the most popular flower sold in Lucy Jane Flowers would have to be between Freesias and Roses.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING OR MOST HUMOROUS MOMENT IN THE BUSINESS? There have been many. I usually say something wrong to the customers. I once told a young handsome chap on Valentine’s Day that we welcomed him to the Love shop then blushed, giggled, and had to leave the room – ridiculous!???!!!!
TELL US ABOUT THREE OTHER BUSINESSES OR ORGANISATIONS IN SUFFOLK THAT YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?
I admire Coes, for standing its ground in Ipswich, keeping their traditional service and values. I also admire Arcade Tavern owned by Ross Keough to sell one business, wait and open another which has grown and become successful in the last few years and keeping people engaged. Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses, another fab Suffolk business which keeps growing and entering shows, bringing along their children who are learning the ropes and managing to run everything with a family! (It’s hard work!)
So thank you to Lucy for this little insight into what makes her tick. Do make sure you have a chat with her if you’re coming to stay for a special occasion as she really does put her heart and soul into her work. Check out Lucy Jane Flowers online.