13th best florist in the world ready to bloom at Chelsea Flower Show

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Signature Flowers founder Emma Newman, of Quainton, 24, was recently recognised as Bucks’ best floral designer in the Wedding Industry Experts Awards and as the sixth best in the UK and 13th in the world.

She said: “It has been a good week. I’ve put in a lot of hard work into the business. People are definitely starting to realise who we are and what we are doing.

“It’s come before buying a house and everything. It will bring rewards hopefully.”

The first of those rewards the former Sir Henry Floyd student hopes is when she contests Chelsea’s Young Florist of the Year next week in the show’s centenary year.

Ms Newman, who is in the final stages of her masters in floristry has run her studio, which offers bespoke services for weddings and other events, for almost three years out of her parents’ garden centre, North End Nurseries.

She added: “I’ve had a lot of support and owe a lot to them. But I run it completely on my own.

“The first year was very difficult, I put a lot of my own savings into it. But now I have got the possibility of expanding to employ somebody in the next 18 months or so.”

Ms Newman’s flowers will be on display at Chelsea on May 18.