I’m delighted today to share with you some very exciting news, which I’ve been hinting about on social media recently!
For some years now, Fiona, my workshop co-host and I have been talking about organising yet more inspirational events for florists. Events that would also give them an opportunity to meet and network with other florists, as we know that this is one of the things that attendees love about our workshops.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MCQUEENS MANAGING DIRECTOR, KALLY ELLIS
I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that this first event will be an interview with McQueens Managing Director, Kally Ellis! Kally’s floristry business, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, employs 40 staff in a 12,500 square feet headquarters in London, and it has a £5 million turnover.
During my conversation with Kally, you’ll learn about her career to date in the world of flowers. It all started with a vivid dream, which she had about opening a florist’s shop, 25 years ago. She left her job working for a French International Bank in the City and followed that dream, starting off by buying a small retail outlet in Shoreditch.
Now, her client list includes Claridge’s, Mulberry, Moët & Chandon and Vanity Fair. And she has her own Flower School, whose vocational courses have an excellent reputation, with students from the UK and all over the world coming to study and learn about flowers the McQueens way.
Both Fiona and I would love for people to follow their dream, as Kally did, and think BIG! I’m sure you’ll find Kally’s floral journey to be hugely inspirational. I can’t wait to chat with her about all she’s achieved in the last 25 years and the position she holds now, not only in the UK but also on an international level.
DATE: Tuesday, 13th September
VENUE: Heist Bank, 5 North Wharf Road, Paddington, London, W2 1LA
PRICE: £20 per ticket
On arrival, you’ll make your way to a private space downstairs, where you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink. Choose from:
- Cocktail: The Floral 75 – Apple, Mallow Flower & Rosehip Infused Gin, Lemon, Rose Petals & Prosecco
- Mocktail: Elderflower Fizz – Elderflower Syrup, Lime & Soda
- White Wine, Red Wine or Beer
And there will be nibbles too!
- Watermelon Wedges with Labneh, Toasted Seeds & Mint (v)
- Broad Bean Byessar with Lavosh & Violas (v)
- N’duja Croquettes with Sorrel Mayonnaise
My interview with Kally, followed by a Q&A from the audience.
You’re free to head to the upstairs bar, where you may like to purchase a drink and continue networking.
All attendees will receive a stamped loyalty card allowing them to come back to Heist Bank in the future for a drink, coffee or pizza on the house!
UPDATE : 17/08/16
This event has now sold out. If you’d like to hear about future Flowerona Events, please sign up to the Mailing List at the bottom of the Flowerona home page.
P.S. Do have a read of my next blog post if you’re a florist who’s thinking of opening up a new retail space in London. Heist Bank, where we’re holding this event, are looking for a florist to join them at their beautiful venue!
(Images : McQueens | Heist Bank)