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Bunches is a family business, originally founded by Erik and Sandra Hoving in 1989. Bunches was a small flower stall which they had set up under a 3 metre by 4 metre umbrella in the Four Seasons shopping centre in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Bunches began as a flowers by post company in January 1990, operating out of a factory in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Orders were taken over the Post Office counter and then telephoned through to the Bunches office, which at the time was staffed by just 3 people.
In 1992 Bunches expanded to all Post Offices nationwide and the direct mail side of the business began, which was great success. During this time, Bunches also began offering chocolates with the flowers, a first in the UK flower trade. In 2001, after out-growing the original factory, Bunches moved into a purpose built premises with state of the art Sales Office, Production and Despatch facilities, based in Newstead Village, Nottinghamshire. A £1 million extension, doubling the size of the production floor space and adding new offices was completed in November 2007.
Bunches import flowers and deliveries are made by Royal Mail 1st Class Post and Special Delivery services.
Bunches are a member of The Flowers & Plants Association, and are listed as supplying ethically grown flowers & plants..
Since Bunches was founded they have delivered over 2.5 million bouquets throughout the UK, and has recent received press attention due to continued growth at the company despite the current recession.
- ↑ http://www.chad.co.uk/ashfieldnews/Newstead-florists-celebrated20-rosy-years.5003068.jp - chad.co.uk; 'Newstead Florists Celebrated 20 Rosy Years'
- ↑ http://www.woodhead-construct.co.uk/projects/project.php?ProjectID=8&page_num=1&page_size=10 - woodhead-construct.co.uk; 'Distribution Centre by Robert Woodhead'
- ↑ http://www.thisisbusiness-eastmidlands.co.uk/news/nottinghamshire/newstead-flower-firm34285258.aspx - thisisbusiness-eastmidlands.co.uk; 'Newstead flower firm blossoming'
- ↑ http://www.bunches.co.uk/corporateflowers.php - bunches.co.uk; Corporate Flowers Page
- ↑ http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Bunches-Flowers__W0QQ_armrsZ1 - ebay.co.uk - Bunches Store
- ↑ http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=66500706&mediaId=82500740 - royalmail.com - 'Partnership is the heart of success'
- ↑ http://www.flowers.org.uk/plants/eco-plants.htm - flowers.org.uk; 'UK Grown, Organic and Ethically Produced Suppliers'
- ↑ http://www.quest-pr.com/newsdetails.php?cid=102 - quest-pr.com - 'Business is blooming for online flower retailer'
- ↑ http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/Notts-flower-firm-blooming/article-430434-detail/article.html thisisnottingham.co.uk; 'Notts flower firm is blooming'
- ↑ http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/news/Flower-shop-beats-credit-crunch/article-644716-detail/article.html - thisisnottingham.co.uk; 'Flower shop beats credit crunch'