Small Business Saturday Blog

International Women's Day 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at 22:14

This International Women's Day we are highlighting some amazing Small Businesses. Businesses who triumphed through adversity and who found a way to help others by giving of themselves even when the going got tough. 
Flower Girl London
Awell-known fixture at its South London station location, Flower Girl London,run by Sam Jennings, is a truly admirable small business. While running her ownshop has let Sam be her own boss, that doesn’t mean she can relax – the FlowerGirl London stall is set up every day, and packed away again come evening.
Ayoung and thriving business, the use of point-of-sale technology by Square has had a hugeimpact on how Sam manages her time, not least because she now no longer has tomake the treacherous journey to the bank each evening with bags of cash. Asufferer of multiple sclerosis, Sam also used helpful tech to track her salesper hour, and discovered that an afternoon’s work would prove more profitablethan working through a quiet morning. She changed her hours from 11 am – 8 pmto 3 pm – 8 pm, and chose the days that had the highest footfall, meaning she now has more time to rest and recharge, whilemaking more money from the busiest hours of the day.
ButSam’s dedication to her community has meant spending these extra hourscommitted to those in need. Following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower earlierthis year, Sam worked tirelessly to help survivors, initially collectingsupplies such as clothing before realising gift cards would be more effective.Launching the #giftcardsforGrenfell campaign, Sam successfully raised over£2,000, with donations coming from as far away as Australia. She also assistedthe survivors on a personal level, lifting the spirits of a young man whoexperienced the blaze by organising a FaceTime call with his hero, rapper Stormzy.
Forher selfless hard work and dedication to a community that, notably, is on theopposite side of London to her own,Sam was rewarded forher outstanding community service by Norbury Hill Cubs Nursery.
She’sa truly inspirational young, female entrepreneur, Norwood commuters can now takepride in the fact that they are buying their flowers from a local hero.


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