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BFA VISION 2019 SPEAKERS

Introducing your speakers

 

 

Tracy Tomlinson - BFA Manager

The good the bad and the ugly

Anyone who knows Tracy or remembers her speaking in previous years, knows just how passionate she is about our wonderful industry. Whilst now the BFA Association manager she's one of us, a florist through and through starting in the industry from School and selling her very successful business in 2016.

Tracy will be sharing all the exciting work that has been going on behind the scenes in the BFA. She'll share the good the bad and the ugly, giving us a insight into many aspects of the work that goes on behind the scenes, we're confident you'll find it very interesting!

 

 

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Wendy Rea

Profit in your hands

Wendy has over 30 years experience within our industry and has owned numerous successful flower shops.

She now gives presentations throughout the U.K. Ireland, Australia, Europe and  South Africa, and is the Business Development Manager with Direct2florist. Through this role she continues her passion to support and encourage independent creative Florists.

Wendy’s no nonsense approach will send you away with thoughts and ideas on how to survive these choppy waters. 

 

 

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Nigel Botterill - The Enterpreneurs Circle

TBA

Nigel Botterill is the main man behind The Entrepreneurs Circle. He and his team work with thousands of business owners, just like you, every single day, who desire success and growth for their business. Nigel will share some of the insights, training, coaching and knowledge that he shares with the countless businesses he has helped to enable them to really succeed. We know this will be a lively, motivating and thought-provoking presentation – you’ve been warned!

 

 

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Claire Mitchell - The Girls mean Business

Claire Mitchell is the founder of The Girls Mean Business™, an online business school for women who are serious about growing their business and making more money!

Her extensive marketing background includes 15 years in corporate marketing departments before she escaped to go it alone. She has a modern languages degree from Birmingham University and an MBA from Durham University Business School.

 

If you are scared of Instagram, perturbed by Pinterest and fed up with Facebook, Claire has it covered.

Now Claire is a successful 13-year entrepreneur, author and speaker, providing business and marketing training for women business owners as well as associations, companies and conferences internationally.

She is an acknowledged online marketing and social media expert. Her Facebook page has upwards of 89,000 fans, her overall fan base across all social media platforms totals 94, 000 and she has a subscriber base of over 25,000 individuals across the world who receive her weekly marketing and business newsletter.

 

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Jo Munson - Smith and Munson

A Very British Affair!

Jo heads up the fifth generation family business who specialise in growing premium quality cut flowers.  You may well have sold their flowers as they grow primarily for the florist.

Jo married into the business 26 years ago but she’s as passionate about growing as her husband Stephen and son Edward, her fellow company directors.

Smith and Munson have an eye for detail, produce top quality bloom with the very latest growing techniques, allowing them to harvest every day of the year. Unsurprisingly they are very proud of their brand and are hoping that Brexit will bring more demand and appreciation of British flowers.

Jo will share her love of the tulips and lilies that they grow, whilst explaining how their modern nursery also cares for the environment.

 

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Emma Cummings

Tales from Tregothnan

Emma Cummings has been a florist at Tregothnan Estate for two years, and fully embraces the ethos of supporting UK and local growers, proving it is possible to deliver world class floral designs for customers across a wide a range of areas within floristry utilising the best of British blooms.

Emma’s support for the environment and showcasing British talent goes back to working at the Eden Project as Head of Retail. Working closely with local growers, designers and manufacturers to bring unique and sustainable products to the market place.

The presentation will outline the work of Mathews Flower Group. They will be growing cut flower roses and lilies in glasshouses around the UK for 12 months of the year delivery.

Tregothnan as the landowner have been working with the Council on the waste to heat facility for 5 years. Finding a genuinely great use for the heat has proved elusive and MFG is a perfect match on many levels.

Tregothnan first started growing flowers in 1334. Pioneered floristry in the UK along with leading country houses, House flowers are the origins of modern floristry. The time has come for flowers in the UK!

 

 

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Nigel Jenney

What Brexit means for you!

Nigel heads up the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) executive team providing strategic leadership to effect growth and increased membership. The BFA’s close relationship with the FPC means that after that crucial date of March 29th you will have the most up to date information and how it could affect you and your business. As the trade association that has been working hard alongside Nigel on Brexit issues this is one speaker you won’t want to miss. Nigel is constantly speaking to the ‘right people’ and in daily contact with government.

With a wealth of experience in the fresh produce sector, starting life in a family owned glasshouse business, Nigel was educated at Writtle College and began his career with the Department of Agriculture & Fisheries for Scotland, working with the diversity of the Glasgow Wholesale Market before moving to Aberdeen.

In 1988 Nigel moved to a senior management role within the commercial world of Heinz focusing on the manufacture of a range of convenience food products.

Moving on in 1996 Nigel progressed to the role of Managing Director of a potato packing business which he converted to a limited company and expanded the customer base to include major multiples and manufacturers. Subsequently Managing Director of a leading vegetable co-operative focussing on the production of fresh and prepared products at multi-site locations supporting sales to major retailers, food service and manufacturing sectors.

 

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Elizabeth McKenna

Bonkers to Boardroom , breaking out of the glass cage.

I am Elizabeth McKenna, I qualified in 1997 training at Brooksby College. In the time since I have worked primarily in retail floristry, I have owned my current business since 1997.

In 2017 I decided to apply for the BBC Apprentice program coming in 4th place overall in the strongest year the program has had.   

My presentation Bonkers to Boardroom talks about my journey as a florist and how and why I chose to use a television program to break the glass cage faced by many small business's in a changing retail world.

 

 

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Brian Wills-Pope - BFA Chairman

BFA's Plans for the Future

While running his florist shops and sitting on the board of Florint, Brian has been busy commuting backwards and forwards to London, meeting ministers and government officials as well the Dutch embassy staff. While all this has been taking some of the BFA resources we still have plans for the future. Brian will explain what we have planned for 2019 and taking us into 2020, because the work at the BFA just doesn’t stop for anyone or anything.

 

 

 

 

 

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