Posted: Wed 21st Dec 2016
It's time for episode 32 of our podcast, the Small Business Sessions.
Carole Patilla, founder of Tuckshop Flowers, chatted to us on a break between dashing from one Christmas wreath making workshop to another which makes a very fitting festive finale to our 2016 podcasts.
After being asked to organise the flowers for her brother in law's funeral and at a point of feeling dissatisfied with her 20 year teaching career, Carole decided it was time to make a living out of doing something that she really loved.
Tuckshop Flowers now provides arrangements for weddings, funerals and events, all sourced from Carole's suburban garden, allotment and the brilliant Flowers from the Farm network, which aims to increase the proportion of flowers bought in the UK that are also grown here from the current 10%.
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Other episodes of the Small Business Sessions:
Episode one: Colin from The Podcast Host
Episode two: 'If success was easy, everyone would be doing it'
Episode three: A sleep deprived mum's business born from exhaustion
Episode four: The accidental language entrepreneur
Episode five: Connecting people and watching the magic happen
Episode six: A fashion brand inspired by holiday snaps
Episode seven: Believe in yourself and keep on learning
Episode eight: From garden shed to Dragons' Den and a Â£10m valuation
Episode nine: Taking on the soggy tea bag entrepreneur style!
Episode 11: The corporate lawyer turned fragrance maker
Episode 17: Making smells for a living
Episode 19: The jeweller going for gold
Episode 20: That's magic!
Episode 28: The tea mixologist causing a stir
Episode 29: The entrepreneur creating back-up memories
Episode 30: The treasure hunters for the Airbnb generation
Episode 31: The one stop solution for work experience