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Lincolnshire businessman to launch flower cash and carry outlets across UK

A businessman from Lincolnshire is to launch a series of flower cash and carry outlets across the UK.

The new venture is the brainchild of Scott Lewis, who has 30 years of experience running multi-million pound horticultural businesses supplying some of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains.

Former Spalding Grammar School student Scott, 45, is a previous joint owner of a flower packing business which he grew from a £1.2 million turnover to £21 million in just six years.

Flowers & Plants Direct Limited will throw open the doors of its first store in Peterborough this October and has set a target of selling eight million stems in its first year.

The store in Hampton Business Park will feature a 8,000 sq foot Unit and a 2,000sq foot state of the art cold storage facility and will open Sunday, October 1, when it throws its doors open.

Around 15% of its stock will be sourced from the UK, with other flowers and foliage coming from as far afield at the USA, Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya and Israel.

Scott, who lives in Donington, plans to open a second outlet next year. He said: “We are really excited about the new venture and confident it will be just the first in national roll-out.

“We believe there is a gap in the market for a business built on those cornerstones and we can’t wait to get the first store up and running this year, with a second to follow next year.”