The Urban Flower Firm
Mark Upton and Charlotte Denton are TUFF, The Urban Flower Firm, a team supplying flowers to offices, events, parties and weddings throughout the capital.
"We buy most of our flowers and foliage from the Flower Market ... We like to give a nod to seasonality in our work, and the summer months at the Flower Market have to be my favourite. You just have such a wonderful kaleidoscope of colour, and you can find stock – especially British-grown – is plentiful and reasonably priced."
For Mark, it’s not just seasonality but also the expertise of wholesalers that make the market an essential part of keeping clients happy: "I like to see what I am getting before I buy. I like to see the quality, and I like to pick the traders' brains. They can advise me whether I can realistically get a particular flower or foliage for a specific event; or how I can get the blossom to open in time for an event and to stay open during it. It all helps us meet and exceed our clients' expectations."
"I like to see what I am getting before I buy. I like to see the quality, and I like to pick the traders’ brains."