Steve Bullock and Alyn Smith MEP’s team looked into the floral retail industry earlier this year. Their conclusion: Business won’t be blooming for florists after Brexit!
Wait for friction at the border. It will be catastrophic for florists.
70% of flowers in the UK come from the Netherlands, and are delivered next morning to maximise shelf and vase life.
Every hour of delay is an hour off that.
The overwhelming majority of florists are small, local businesses employing only one or two people. There are no cost-cuts they can make, and the proposition of selling a non-necessity that lasts less time for a higher price will make them hard to sustain.
In addition to the increase in costs from the pound’s devaluation, the International Florist Organisation (FLORINT), predicts another 14% increase in costs from leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union. Read this interesting article by Alyn Smith MEP on The National.
‘So what?’ you say, ‘it’s only flowers!’
Well, aside from that being a miserable, monochrome outlook on life, these are not big corporations, but small businesses contributing to local economies and communities.
Their end means boarded up shops on the high street, and people who have worked to build something locally out of work.
Not Brexit’s most pressing problem perhaps, but awful for them, bad for local economies, and another nail in the coffin of the sunlit uplands promised.🔷
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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected.)