Scottish Daily Mail

Tough times... but our busi­ness bloomed

- By An­nie But­ter­worth

IT has been the hard­est of years for al­most ev­ery busi­ness, a year when morale has at times wilted...

But one flower whole­saler has man­aged to flour­ish – and even out­per­form last year’s sales.

J van Vliet has de­fied the odds amid the strug­gles of the pandemic and in­creased its online out­put.

Nick Matthews, gen­eral man­ager at the Glas­gow-based flower group, said his team had seen ‘a big spike’ in dried flower sales.

Mr Matthews said: ‘For ob­vi­ous rea­sons, 2020 has been a par­tic­u­larly try­ing year for ev­ery­one in the UK, in­clud­ing the fresh flower in­dus­try.

‘We have all needed to adapt to en­sure the safety of both staff and cus­tomers in or­der to trade where pos­si­ble, whilst ad­her­ing to strict gov­ern­ment guide­lines.

‘We have im­proved our online pres­ence and have con­tin­ued with con­tact­less de­liv­er­ies and a click-and­col­lect service dur­ing lock­down.’

He said there was ‘a marked in­crease’ in gen­eral plant sales in the sum­mer, and his busi­ness had man­aged to in­crease avail­abil­ity by us­ing its own plant nurs­ery in Hol­land and buy­ing di­rect from grow­ers ‘to pro­vide a re­li­able, fresh sup­ply chain’.

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Dis­play: Di l H Heather th McAlpine, M Al i left, l ft pre­pares bou­quets for sale, above

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