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New floral journeys…

Autumn wreath created by Tina Parkes

Welcome to the new academic year and we kick off this Autumn term newsletter with a warm hello to all our new students.  Each term we send out a newsletter listing the events in the floral calendar both at the Academy and sometimes even world wide with information on how you can take part.

BFA FleurEx

The annual Floral Fair for today’s Professional Florist!

The British Florist Association is our industry’s trade body, that represent the florist to government, lobbying on our behalf and is a valuable source of industry information. They also provide us with best practice codes and negotiate many services at discount prices.

After the amazing success of last years Fleurex with live demonstrations, master classes, brand new bloom room, glasshouse and debut designer stage and flower lab. Discover more about the British floral industry, see top designers demonstrate the latest trends and techniques, take part in competitions, workshops and seminars, dance the night away at the dinner dance and celebrate the awards recognising the best in the industry and network with industry suppliers, all in one place, Chesford Grange, Warwickshire.


If however, you would like to see behind the scenes at FleurEx, the BFA are urgently looking for volunteers to help condition and prepare the flowers for the demonstrations and workshops in exchange for a free entrance ticket.  To volunteer please e-mail direct: BFAvolunteers@live.co.uk

BFA Membership

There are many category memberships to the BFA and the Institute of Professional Florists, (IoPF). We highly recommend becoming a member, it is simple to do and as a student member you have access to valuable industry information as you grow your business. Click here to become a student member which is only £30. Your membership fee will get you preferred rates at events such as FleurEx and your Academy of Floral Art certificates are accepted as part of your continued professional development process.

Trip to Holland £350

An excellent opportunity for a whistle stop tour in Amsterdam

  • Depart midday Thursday 3rd Nov Bristol Airport
  • 2pm Amsterdam, shops, floating flower market
  • 10pm pick up and back to hotel
  • Friday leave hotel at 6.30am to guided tour of dutch auctions,
  • 9am short walk to sundries wholesaler
  • 11am short transfer to grower to have a tour.
  • 1pm either lunch by coast or Hortiflor trade show (to be confirmed)
  • 7pm flight to Bristol

Cost £350.00 includes flight, hotel and transfers. So far we have eleven tutors and students booked and we would love you to join us. If interested please contact Julie on 07902884208 as soon as possible to book your place with us.

World Skills Competition 2016

It is with great excitement to tell you that our two candidates who took part in the heats for World Skills, Charlotte Dawe of Flower Scene in Launceston and Rosy Elesmore of Odds & Buds in Tavistock will be taking part in the main competition which is a global event and will give candidates an opportunity to be recognised both home and abroad. For more information click on the above title to see the exciting films at last year’s final in Sao Paolo.

Workshops to look out for:

Enrichment day with Tina Parkes

Friday 25 November 10am – 3pm. For those who have completed Level 3, we are offering a workshop on trending hogarth designs and a layering bouquet technique inspired by Gregor Lersch. Includes flowers and lunch. £180 pp incl. VAT Book here.

Christmas Flower Workshops

See our website for the available dates.

Level 3 course in Bristol

From student feedback, it has been suggested that a level 3 course would be welcomed in Bristol, and before launching such a course we would like to assess the demand for it, please contact Kathryn on kathryn@academyoffloralart.com for your comments. Our plans would be to offer Mon/Tue once a month at Country Baskets from 2017.

Premium Business Launch Pad

Starting a new business is an exciting time and it is really important to ensure that you give yourself the best possible start. Creating a good brand and presenting your business in print work and online is highly important – and thanks to the Scribble & Ink team – doesn’t have to cost the earth.

They have setup a Premium Business Launch Pad which designs you a quality logo, applies it to your corporate stationery, prints 500 letterheads, compliment slips and business cards, a 2 metre high pop-up banner and then provides you with a professional website that you can edit yourself and showcase your fantastic work.

Package Options:

1) Full Package:
Includes: Logo design, 500 Letterheads, 500 Compliment Slips, 500 Double sided Business Cards, 1 Pop-up Banner, Content manageable website which includes portfolio section, Testimonials and blog.
£859 + VAT

2) Print Package
Includes: Logo design, 500 Letterheads, 500 Compliment Slips, 500 Double sided Business Cards, 1 Pop-up Banner.
£370 + VAT

For more details please email Anthony Blackaby at anthony@scribbleandink.co.uk or call 01626 333485 or 07803 790333.

This is such a good deal we can’t recommend it enough and we have seen some really wonderful branded items for many of our new students.


We have so much more to share with you over the coming months, our next e-mail will cover our Floral Spa day planned in June 2017 our Christmas Party plans and this year’s Exam Results and we will give you a feature of our American tour. In the meantime, have a wonderful Autumn, and if there is anything we can answer for you….. just get in touch via e-mail or the FaceBook Student Forum.
Tina, Julie, Amanda and Kathryn

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