Introduction to myself and my lovely team!
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sharon Wood and the Colonnade Florist is my pride and joy. I am one of those hugely lucky people who loves going to work everyday and the shop that we have all created and transformed over the years, is truly my life. (ask my kids, as they have always been put on the back burner!)
I am passionate about my business and have always been inspired by florist trends and fashions-this has been essential for us always to remain one step ahead of the opposition.
Blowing my own trumpet a bit… I happen to have a Gold Medal from the Chelsea Flower Show, and trained for 5 years and have the highest florist qualification, National Diploma of the Society of florists. With under 30 years experience under my belt, I think I might just be getting the hang of it now!!
However the Colonnade florist would be nothing without my excellent team that work alongside me at the shop, and we all have our strengths to bring together a good mixture of talents.
Jan is my bubbly manageress, she has been in floristry for as long as I have, 30 years!! How is that even possible, as we only look 21 ourselves? Not only does Jan keep an eye on everything that goes on in the shop, she does most of the daily flower buying and also runs the very busy funeral side of the business. The designs that she has created over the 15 years that she has been at Colonnade, have been breath-taking.
Rita is my wild and crazy German colleague, she is in charge of making the shop look exciting, putting her European ideas into action daily. It never ceases to amaze me how quick and talented she is. Rita qualified in Germany, worked as a florist all over the world and has been with me since 2003.
Clare is our relative newcomer, she joined us in 2013, having excelled throughout her time at Hadlow College. She is fully experienced in all aspects of floristry, but she is mainly in charge of the weddings department at the shop. It will probably be Clare or myself that you will see if you come in to discuss flowers for your wedding. She is precise and excellent in all her designs.
Kelly joined us in 2015, and it is great to have her on board. We trained together 30 years ago, and have been great friends ever since. Her bubbly nature and ability to do anything at top speed is a huge asset to our team.
Kellys experience and skill on funeral tributes is excellent and is always praised highly by our customers.
Sue has been working alongside me for over 25 years, so we know each other inside and out. She has worked at Colonnade florist since we started 18 years ago in Hawkhurst. She used to be my excellent manageress for many years, but very happily passed the baton to Jan about 5 years ago, when she cut her hours down. Sue is an all round florist and keeps and eye on us all at the shop. (including me!)
Maggie is one of our delivery drivers. It is Maggie and Tony, and Mark's jobs to deliver the bouquets daily to all of the lucky recipients. We deliver all over Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas. Maggie is always smiling and she is a real ambassador for Colonnade Florist.
Tony has been a florist for nearly 50 years!! And he still only looks 40… more recently he has taken a back seat from the floristry to be the other half of the delivery duo! He has an amazing memory and can remember delivering to a house that he delivered to 5 years ago! Tony is my ex hubbie, and it was with him that we gained the medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.