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The Institute of Professional Florists
The IoPF upholds the professional status of florists in the UK by maintaining consistently high standards within the floristry industry through training and qualifications.Find out more about IOPF membership options
BFA Vision 2020 has been postponed but not cancelled. We will update you as soon as we have confirmed the new date.
As we enter a period of uncertainty we need more than ever to network, talk and meet as professional florists.
Published on 9th July 2020 in Industry News
Its great to hear that a lot of you are still busy and that many of you are doing really well. We all hear (as the news keeps telling us ) that we are heading for a huge recession but we have to remain positive and this news yesterday from the Chancellor could help our ... Read more Covid-19 July update, the latest from the Chancellor.
Published on 30th June 2020 in Industry News
Florismart and Flowering Direct have agreed to join forces and merge their operations. The press release issued 30th June quotes ”Both companies will continue to share the same vision to provide florists with a reliable service and a superior product at competitive prices and we believe that together we can strengthen our market presence while ... Read more Merge of Florismart and Flowering Direct
Published on 24th June 2020 in Industry News
On 23 June, the Prime Minister announced changes to lock down measures that would apply from 4 July. These changes include a reduction to social distancing from 2M to 1M+ rule. The 1M+ rule means that where ever it is not manageable to create a 2M space between employees and customers that 1M (+ mitigation) ... Read more Covid-19 Latest information on 1M safety guidelines
Published on 17th June 2020 in Industry News
The National Lonely Bouquet Day will take place on Sunday 28th June 2020 in line with International Lonely Bouquet day too. The ultimate goal of this initiative is very simple, florists and flower lovers all around the world dedicate one day a year to making strangers happy. The method chosen to achieve this goal is… ... Read more Lonely Bouquet Day 28th June 2020
Published on 11th June 2020 in For the Industry
House plants or Outdoor plants, Spiky or spotty plants, Flowery or leafy plants… You name it the UK is mad for it. As we slowly come out of lockdown we as florists can’t ignore the massive interest in plants. Should the consumer appetite turn to a smaller budget for the time being, are plants one ... Read more Plants, Plants and more Plants!
Published on 11th June 2020 in For the Industry
The dictionary definition of a freelancer is ‘self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments.’ A freelance florist is someone who works for other florists and floral companies on specific jobs. As our current working situation changes coming out of the pandemic we thought we’d put together a few important points to ... Read more What does it mean to be a freelance Florist?
Published on 10th June 2020 in Industry News
British Flowers Week 2020 runs from Monday 15th June to Sunday 21st June. New Covent Garden Flower Market started British Flower Week in 2013, it’s an annual celebration of the wealth and variety of British cut flowers and foliage. The focus is about shining the spotlight on British flowers, working with independent florists and the wider flower industry ... Read more British Flowers Week 2020
Published on 1st June 2020 in Latest Industry Events
No one wants to make redundancies or close the door on employees but sometimes these difficult decisions have to be done, but there are rules. In terms of redundancies this is a little more complex and will depend on individual circumstances and it is likely that more specific and individual advice will be needed. Follow the ... Read more COVID-19 Guidance on business restructure.
Published on 1st June 2020 in Industry News
Updated 12th June 2020 We have taken on board as much factual information as we can, by following Government updates, speaking to other associations, wholesalers, and our florist industry colleagues. 1, Does a florist shop count as non-essential? – Yes, therefore you must close your businesses to the general public walking into your shop or ... Read more Covid-19. Your questions- our answers
Published on 21st May 2020 in For the Industry
What do the BFA do?, What is it all about? and Why should I be a member? These are all very valid questions, and ones we are asked all the time. We thought we would address these during lockdown and hopefully give people more understanding of how we operate and indeed the work that goes ... Read more A mission statement to move forwards.