A young florist whose portfolio includes installations at Harrods and in Downing Street is looking to woo clients in Bath after moving from London.
Kirsty Newall, 25, set up Fall into Flowers three months ago and works in and around the city after deciding that the London flower scene was no longer for her.
Miss Newall has enjoyed a successful career since taking up floristry and work with several high-profile clients.
She said: “People are so much nicer down here. They have more time to discuss ideas.
“Bath has so much going for it, I love the slower pace, the architecture is so inspiring.”
Miss Newall said a “light bulb moment” sparked her decision to become a florist.
She said: “I had been walking around Covent Garden and I saw The New Covent Garden Academy of Flowers and I thought I have always loved flowers.
“I had a light bulb moment. I went inside to ask if they had a place to get a floral diploma. They were full but I persisted and they took me.
“Within the first week I knew I wanted to make a career out of this.
“I called up every florist in London and offered to work for free. I managed to get some work experience and I got thrown into the event side of floristry.
“I have always been really creative and driven and soon I was working freelance for top designers.”
Since then Miss Newall, who lives in Calne, has worked as a freelance florist with celebrities and at some of the top locations in London, completing the Christmas installation at Downing Street.
After working for a few years in London, Kate decided to work for herself.
She added: “There was so much security at Downing Street, they were completely thrown by all my cable ties I had for the Christmas Grotto, I guess it looked so dodgy.”
“I just thought, why am I not doing this for myself. I have made it my mission to learn as much as I can.
“My goal was always to have my own business.
“It was very scary deciding to set up by myself but everyone has been so supportive. It’s going so well.”
As a young woman, Miss Newall thought it was important to prove she could run a successful business by herself.
“You just have to prove to people that you are capable, you are confident and that you can handle it,” she said.
Kirsty believes that floristry needs to be environmentally friendly and ensures that none of the flowers are wasted.
She said: “I follow the rule, grown not flown, and I like to use local growers using Bath’s flower market often.”
On Bath, Miss Newall believes that the town is ready to embrace her style of floristry.
She said: “I think there is room for me in Bath, I have been surprised by some of the prices around here.
“I think that reflects the time but I want to remain affordable, you don’t need astronomical prices.”
She also likes her flowers to represent the seasonal changes and has used fruit and vegetables in her displays before.
Miss Newall also has plans to write three books covering seasonal changes and credits her family for all their support.