Florist blooms thanks to Golden Hello grant

Petals Flowers
Petals Flowers

A florist’s in Ilkeston has been given a financial boost after receiving £500 in council business grants.

Petals Flowers, based on Bath Street, was given the cash as part of Erewash Borough Council’s Golden Hello scheme.

The scheme is designed to help existing businesses relocate to new and empty properties in the Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre region.

Petals Flowers owner Ruth Gough said: “The Golden Hello scheme is fantastic, a real help to people and their businesses.

“I could not have moved if it wasn’t for that.”

The entrepreneur bought the floristry business two years ago and described her new location as an ideal spot.

She explained: “Coming to a bigger shop has helped me attract more customers and we’re doing really well as a result.

“I’ve used the cash to pay for new flooring and shop fittings and I have four windows for displaying in now as well, which is a big advantage in my business.”

Speaking about the grant in general she added: “I think it should be used to encourage new business to the town, at the moment we’re lacking in family run businesses and specialist shops.

“This cash is a great way to get started.”

Erewash Borough Council lead member for planning and regeneration, Cllr Geoff Smith, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to support a variety of businesses by giving them a helping hand through the Golden Hello scheme.

“I’m particularly pleased that we were able to extend the scheme to include Sandiacre as well.”