A flower shop manager in North Sydney’s north-west has been asked to come up with a plan to increase the number of people she can employ in the business, and the potential impact it could have on her clients.
Lily Trowbridge, who has worked as a flower shop assistant for 12 years, said she hoped the initiative would help her customers and her family.
“It’s a good opportunity to be able to grow a business.” “
Flower shop manager Lily Trowsbridge says she has been inundated with requests for her flower shop to increase its staff numbers. “
It’s a good opportunity to be able to grow a business.”
Flower shop manager Lily Trowsbridge says she has been inundated with requests for her flower shop to increase its staff numbers.
“There’s just been a lot of people wanting me to expand,” she said, adding that it was a difficult job, but one she loved.
“We’re very lucky to have a few super talented people working here, and we’ve just had to grow our workforce to keep up with demand.”
The number of flower shop assistants in the North-West is up from about 20 in 2015 to 30 today.
Ms Trowsberg said she was hoping the initiative might help attract new staff and keep the business afloat.
“My customers are really supportive, and I think that they want us to keep growing, and keeping them happy,” she told ABC North.
“If they know there are other people working in the shop, they will be more likely to keep coming back, and if they know that there’s an open position in the future, they’ll be more inclined to stay.”
‘I’ve got to make a difference’ The flower shop, located at Northgate in the west of North Sydney, has been in operation since the 1990s.
Ms Farrar said the majority of staff in the flower shop were people from outside the region.
“A lot of them come in here and work hard, and it’s a real struggle to get them the opportunities they want,” she explained.
“And we have to make sure that we have a good mix of people, and a good balance of different cultures.”
She said she also had to deal with some of the other challenges that many flower shop staff face.
“Some of them can be really difficult to work with.
They’re not used to working with people of different cultural backgrounds, or different languages,” Ms Fars said.
Ms Doolan said the flower shops experience was one of many challenges that she faced when working as a business manager.
“People are looking for opportunities in the local area, they are looking to move from one part of town to another, they’re looking to open their own businesses, they’ve got other aspirations,” she added.
“You don’t have the same opportunities in terms of working with locals, in terms the local workforce and the local community.”
The initiative will allow staff to apply for jobs in the area that they might not be able or willing to work in.
Ms Nallar said there were opportunities for those who wanted to work for the flower store to apply online, but the initiative was only open to those who were willing to take the jobs.
“So, if you’re a flower store assistant and you want to work at the flower Shop, and you’re passionate about the flower business, you’re welcome,” she warned.
“But if you want a job as a gardener, or as a nurse, or a chef, or whatever, there are many opportunities to do that.”
Ms Nalls work as a part-time gardener for the Royal Botanic Gardens, and as a full-time flower shop employee for the Northgate Flower Shop.
She said that she was not concerned about how the initiative could affect the jobs in her shop.
“What I’m really concerned about is that this will open up some very lucrative opportunities for people to come into the flower trade,” she pointed out.
“The whole idea of the flower industry is to be open to new people and offer them opportunities to work, and people come in and say ‘oh, I can’t do that job because of the workload’.” Ms Nallas said she did not have a specific job for the initiative, but wanted the initiative to help expand her flower business.
“This has been the best job I’ve ever had, and to be honest, the flower is what I’ve been dreaming of for so long,” she concluded.
“That’s why I’m here, to make it happen.”
Ms Fords employer, Northside Flower Shop, said it had a similar approach to what it was doing.
“With Northside, we are always looking for a fresh approach to our business and how we can grow our business,” it said in a statement.
“Our flower shop provides an outlet for our customers to purchase and share the wonderful variety of flowers