Flowervision Bristol is 20 years old!

Flowervision Bristol is 20 years old!

Believe it our not Flowervision Bristol is 20 years old on 14th November!

Many things have changed since our launch in 1999 not least that we have moved buildings, trebled  our floor space and our team has grown from 4 to 44!

We are privileged to still serve some of our original customers having watched their businesses grow and adapt along side ours and we have welcomed many more along the way.

TO CELEBRATE THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCASION WE WILL BE RUNNING A THREE DAY EVENT, ON THE 12TH, 13TH & 14TH NOVEMBER WHEN WE WILL BE GIVING 20% OFF OF ALL SUNDRIES PAID FOR AND COLLECTED ON THE DAY

Here’s a little more of the history of Flowervision Bristol.

Andrew Jones and Krijn Van der Spijk our directors became business partners 20 years ago when they formed Flowervision Bristol. Both of their fathers have firm roots in the flower and fresh produce industries and helped them set up the business.

They are always looking to the future, developing the business, finding new and innovative ways to make it more efficient, customer friendly and up to date. After five years Flowervision moved to a new larger unit. After an extension in 2010, the addition of 3 Mezzanine floors throughout the building and developing a picking room, in 2019 we are again bursting at the seams! Andrew says “It is important to do something different every year to make best use of the available space and keep up with industry developments. We are currently working hard on our lines of communication to make sure we have a voice as the biggest growth area has been on the pick, pack and deliver side. This is why we have recently invested in a new  ‘Voice’order picking system which has improved accuracy and efficiency.

In 2007 the sundries web shop was set up selling sundries online and sending out by courier. The sundries web shop was advertised in the Florist and Wholesale Buyer which helped to grow the business and grow the name, this led to the need for more space as the sundries department grew and the mezzanine floor went in in 2008.

Before the full flower and plant web shop was launched Nick our general manager would produce the good old fax list three times a week of stock available, which was sent out to customers to fill in their requirements and fax back. In those days the list was three pages long with basic descriptions/colours but no specific varieties and it took two people to pick one order, one to pick and one to scan and pack, we have come a long way since then. In 2008- 2009 Nick set up the Flower and Plant Web shop and we are now in the process of rolling out Web shop 3, with lots of new innovations. The website will be compatible with all devices and so if you log in via phone, tablet etc you will see the main webshop.

On the back of the success of the web shop the plant room was built to give more space, we are again currently bursting at the seams and space is always an issue. We have developed several delivery routes and we deliver to both North and South on alternative days throughout the week. When the full web shop launched there were three vans to look after we now have 11 delivering daily!

We now have 44 staff, originally all staff worked the same hours, we are now staffed almost around the clock 6 days a week.

We deliver to Bodmin, South Wales, Worcester, Oxford, Somerset, Gloucester, Wiltshire and we are able to offer live stock on route from Holland, picked, packed and delivered the following morning.

I think you will all agree much has changed since our original roots as a Cash and Carry, watch this space as we continue to evolve taking into account the demands and needs of our customers.

 

 

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