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BFA on Brexit

What the BFA are doing?

Brexit is a huge topic for British Florists and that's why the BFA are working in many ways to get the voice of the British florist heard... loudly!

Below lists some of the work that's been going on for the past few years, much of it to influence the government to appreciate the florists position in Brexit negotiations.


Firstly the BFA spearheaded a Brexit group; bringing together some of the most prominent figures and florist industry key players.  It was essential that the industry worked together in unity. *The group includes:

  • Gary Wallis - CEO, Jane packer
  • David Cohen - Director Moysey Stevens and the Flower Station
  • Leanne Roberts-Hewitt - Director of Wild about Flowers
  • Simon Lycett - Director Simon J Lycett Ltd.
  • Chris Hill - Director of Spring Bank Flowers
  • John Dunstan - Finance director of Interflora Services
  • Lorraine Key - CEO Eflorist International
  • Chris Price - Business sales manager Eflorist
  • Steve France Florismart
  • Frank Muller - Hilverda de Boer
  • Helen Evan -  Director of business developement and support, New Covent Garden Market
  • Chanel de Kock - UK Marketing Manager Flower Council of Holland
  • Marc Eijsackers - Managing director of Flower Council of Holland
  • Mark Ward - president of Florint international
  • Mark Bennett - Director of Strelitzia
  • Tom Le Mesurier - Managing director of Florist up my Street
  • Jen Clarke - UK Manager Sjaak van der vijver

*Many other floristry professionals from around the UK were invited to be part of the group, the individuals listed are generously giving their time and knowlege to help our industry.

The group have met several times since Autumn 2017 right up until the present day. The cut flower industry Brexit round table has worked in many ways.



The BFA compiled a Brexit Survey, this was then distributed and completed by florists all over the UK thoughout  2017and 2018 








The BFA and The cut flower industry Brexit group have researched many issues including import taxes, transport costs, VAT, and the exchange rate, as well as the collation of the great information we gathered from the survey. This enable the BFA to put together an official Brexit statement

The challenges to secure the best possible future for the British Florist Industry cannot be overlooked. In order for us to enable the florist businesses to prepare and be ready for the 29th March 2019, we at the BFA are calling on the UK Government to give the British Florist industry certainty on future policy and trading relationships, to this end we jointly wrote the industry statement, which will be sent to government and many MPs. Click on the Link above to read the full statement.



Over the past few years BFA Chairman Brian Wills-Pope has had meetings with many promient figures including:

  • Simon Smits, The Dutch Ambassador
  • Nigel Jenney CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC)
  • Neil Parish M.P of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee (EFRA)
  • Helen Evan Director of business development and support, New Covent Garden Market.
  • The April 18 meeting of the cut flower industry Brexit round table group we were joined by a Dutch embassy representative.



Ever since the rerendum the BFA have communicated with their members and the wider florist industry through e-shots and their newsletters.

We needed florists to act too! We asked Florists to Help us Help them in different ways.

We asked florists to contact their local MPs to share their concerns. We made the process as quick and simple as possible with a suggested adaptable set letter.

As a result of the emails and letters, that florists sent to their MPs (along with the official Brexit Statement) many florists have been in direct corrospondence with their MPs having discussions and meetings. Several florists have been in direct contact with the BFA discussing actions they've taken as a direct result of encouragement from the BFA, they have shared the feed back following their discussions with their own local MPs.




Following the action carried out by florists in early May 2018 we created a press statement.

This press statement was sent to many journalists and media outlets. As well as contacting the press directly we used the opportunity of sharing florists concerns in a press release at The RHS Chelsea Flower show. We need Florist's voices to be heard on the subject of Brexit.

In conjunction, we urged florist members to contact their own local press, again to make the process simple for florists we gave them a template to adjust and suit their business. Local stories were written as a result of this.






We have got the press attention that we sought click on the link for more info...



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