Level 3 graduate Claire, set up Claire’s Floristry in 2014 and had been operating from a studio set up in a kitchen at the back of her parent’s house.
However, when lockdown restrictions meant she would not be able to enter their home, she upped sticks and set up shop in a caravan instead.
Claire, who is the preferred supplier of Portsmouth Football Club, now runs her business from a converted caravan in her parents’ front garden in Bedhampton, alongside home-schooling her son.
And she says her business is flourishing after seeing it grow throughout pandemic, despite the challenges the year presented.
She said: ‘I’ve definitely found that people have been using flowers as a way to tell people they love them or miss them.
‘Lots of people have had birthdays, anniversaries etc and haven’t been able to celebrate so they’ve been sending flowers instead.
‘Sadly, there’s also been many people losing loved ones, so lots of people have been using flowers as a way to tell people they’re thinking of them.’
All of her designs are eco-friendly and use paper instead of cellophane wrapping, and she avoids using plastic ribbon.
When speaking about her time at Highbury College, Claire said: ‘I loved my course at Highbury, I would definitely recommend getting qualifications before going out to work in this field as it gives you a background that most people are unaware of. If you are a lover of floral designs and not afraid of hard work then I would definitely recommend a career in Floristry.
For more information or to make an order, visit: clairesfloristry.co.uk or call 07801579000.
Story and photography first published on the Portsmouth News website here. Author: Kimberley Barber