Ditsy Blooms florist opens its doors in Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 April 2018

Beth Higgins with former town mayor Alan Dent at the opening of her new Budleigh Salterton shop.

Beth Higgins with former town mayor Alan Dent at the opening of her new Budleigh Salterton shop.

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The return of an independent florist to Budleigh Salterton has been welcomed.

Mayor Alan Dent welcomed Beth Higgins, 23, to the town after she opened her new business in Station Road on Friday (March 30).

She has opened her shop, Ditsy Blooms, in the same place that had previously been home to a similar business – Forget Me Not which closed its doors last year.

Councillor Dent attended the opening and hailed the arrival of the new enterprise to Budleigh’s town centre shopping district.

He said: “Beth is a young entrepreneur and provides a welcome addition to the choices on offer within Budleigh.”

Cllr Dent wished Beth ‘every success’ with her new business.

Originally from Cheshire, Beth moved to Newton Poppleford with her boyfriend, who is also launching his own construction and landscaping company.

Beth has spent the last two years pursuing her career as a florist from home since moving south.

She recently completed a two-year floristry course at Bicton College, where she graduated top of her group with a level two qualification.

After completing the course, Beth launched Ditsy Blooms from her Newton Poppleford home and held Christmas wreath workshops in Sidmouth.

Speaking in December last year, she said it was her ‘dream’ to open a shop.

It was at one of these workshops that Beth was alerted to an opportunity to expand her business and couldn’t wait to investigate it further.

She said: “I was thinking about what I wanted to do and, all of a sudden, I was at the workshop at Sidmouth College when someone told me of the opportunity in Budleigh.

“As soon as I packed up there, I literally drove to where I thought it was.”

After getting the keys in February, Beth has faced a race against time to get the shop ready.

“We have done a lot of decorating,” said Beth.

She officially opened on Good Friday and says the reception she has had from residents and fellow traders has been positive.

“The reception has been amazing - everyone has been so welcoming,” said Beth.

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