Family run flower farm, Scilly Flowers, has been named Small Business of the Year at the Western
Morning News Business Awards.
Ben and Zoe Julian who run the thriving flower delivery business from Churchtown Farm on St Martin’s, which is one of the smaller Isles of Scilly, couldn’t attend the award ceremony in Exeter but watched the results being announced ‘live’ on Twitter.
Ben’s parents, Andrew and Hilary, who founded the business in 1987 and now live in Truro, collected the award on their behalf.
“We were watching Twitter all evening and when our win was announced we both jumped up and down whooping, it was almost as exciting as being there,” said Zoe. “We’re so delighted, we really didn’t expect to win.”
Bill Martin, editor of the Western Morning News, praised all winners and shortlisted firms, saying: “To be shortlisted in the prestigious WMN Business Awards is no mean feat. All of you are worthy companies and employers, thriving to create wealth and jobs and attract investment to the Westcountry. Our beautiful region needs firms and entrepreneurs like you to ensure it remains a great place to live and a great place to do business in. Congratulations to you all.”
Scilly Flowers is famed for its beautiful, early flowering, scented narcissi. The September sunshine and mild autumn has created a bumper crop this year, which meant that staff at Churchtown Farm were able to pick their first narcissi on October 7 – which is early even for Scilly.
Ben and Zoe are so happy with the win they have decided to introduce a free flowers special to celebrate this success.
Customers who send gift boxes of 40 flowers or more to be delivered before 28th Nov will get an extra bunch for free. Call 01720 422169 or click on scillyflowers.co.uk.