Florist is pick of the bunch

Local Business Accelerators Lillymays'Sarah Bedford, Anne-Marie Waterston and Jenny Cockburn

Local Business Accelerators Lillymays'Sarah Bedford, Anne-Marie Waterston and Jenny Cockburn

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A DESIRE to turn her hand at a creative business was one of the major driving forces which saw Anne-Marie Waterston follow her dreams to run her own business.

After a career in sales, marketing and project management, Anne-Marie decided it was time to put her skills into running her own business and took over an existing business in Wisbech High Street.

Called Lillymays after her grandmother and her grandmother’s favourite Lilly of the Valley flower, Anne-Marie decided to follow her artistic streak.

“I had so many ideas. There is lots you can do in the public sector but it is also limited. I am a Wisbech girl, I have always liked this shop. I thought about running a business from home but we live out in the sticks.

“I saw this shop on the Internet and it seemd like fate,” said Anne-Marie.

“I am very creative and have a huge artistic streak,” she added.

In contrast to some of the other entrants in the competition, Anne Marie’s wasn’t a new business and when she took it over she inherited obstacles which she had to over come.

After her first year of trading, Anne-Marie admits it has been a big learning curve but it has not quelled her ambition and desire to drive her business forward and aim for capturing a national market.

“Floristry is very competitive in Wisbech and on the outskirts there is stiff competition but we do pride ourselves in our quality,” she said.

Her future plans include having bank staff to help out at peak periods and she would like to be able at some stage to take on an apprentice and have more time to drum up new opportunities.