Established in the early 1980’s founder Carl Banks started with a small shop in his hometown of Thornaby. Having schooled in Thornaby and with the support of the local community the business soon grew with the flag ship store opening in the beautiful market town of Yarm in the mid 1980’s. Further branch's followed in Darlington and Ripon but unfortunately closed along with Thornaby in 2007 and now no longer exist. A year later in 2008 current owners Richard May and Kelly Clarke purchased the flag ship store in Yarm with the aim to re-stabilize the business through tough economic conditions and increase brand awareness to the global marketplace via the exciting new e-commerce shop. A strong desire and passion for flowers with an entrepreneurial drive the duo have exciting plans ahead!
Originally from Eaglescliffe Kelly has worked with flowers from the age of 19. Successfully qualifying from florist college and working within the industry for close to 20 years Kelly has gained a wealth of experience working within award winning teams, modern and chic florists and a spell abroad with opportunities in New Zealand. Having trained exciting new florists via our apprenticeship scheme Kelly’s talented team can create various styles of design from traditional hand tied bouquets to exquisite modern master pieces. Kelly says ‘working with beautiful flowers and foliage’s every day is wonderful, the innovation for design each season and genuine pleasure our clients feel in receiving such a beautiful gift fills me with a great sense of satisfaction’.
Richard was one of the first students to attend the Macmillan Business School and soon realised he had a genuine desire for business. An entrepreneurial mind with an eye for an opportunity Richard quickly set his sights on working for himself and has had many successful years. Having a strong desire, positive energy and a forward thinking approach to life and business has allowed Richard to enjoy the success that working hard brings. Inspired by the world around us and tapping into the joyous sense of nature has enabled Richard to express his individuality through the simple yet stylish themes, designs and creations in store.