Sam makes her business bloom with horse box florist idea

A florist who had to think outside the ‘horse box’ during the pandemic is now seeing her business bloom.

Sam Sexton runs The Florist Bromfield
Sam Sexton runs The Florist Bromfield

Sam Sexton, 25, owner of The Florist Bromfield, only opened her business at Ludlow Farm Shop in September 2019.

She then enjoyed a few months trade before having to close when the first lockdown hit in March last year.

Sam, from Clun, housed her florist in the farm shop’s ice cream cabin and was planning to move into another building once her business got going.

Sam Sexton renovated an old horse box into a florist

However, having been closed for the better part of a year, she could not afford to make the move and instead came up with a creative solution.

She bought a horse box online and transformed it into a picture-perfect florist shop.

“Last summer, in between the two lockdowns, the farm shop needed the cabin back, which was always the plan and I was going to rent out one of the other buildings,” said Sam.

Sam Sexton runs The Florist Bromfield

“As I had been shut down for a year, taking on a responsibility as big as that, I just didn’t have the funds. So I needed to think outside the box.

“We got the horse trailer exactly a year after I’d started the business, in September 2020. It was like reopening all over again.

"Then we got shut down again this January, now we are back open and it’s lovely to have a space of my own.

Sam Sexton renovated an old horse box into a florist

"I had seen a couple of people using horse boxes for their food and drink businesses, and I thought well why not a florist.”

Sam bought the horse box off eBay and headed straight to YouTube to learn decorating skills and even carpentry so she could fix it up herself, with help from her father, David.

She said: “Everything inside the trailer I made. It was mine and my dad’s little summer project.

"We just had to try and be nifty with space and storage. I make everything on site here in the box, located at the entrance of the farm shop.”

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