Pair hope to see dream blossom

Sharon Heatherington and (front) Debbie Payne of Gyp & Green florists. Picture by Ian McClelland.

Sharon Heatherington and (front) Debbie Payne of Gyp & Green florists. Picture by Ian McClelland.

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The future is looking rosy for two friends who have set up their own business.

With more than 20 years of floristry experience, Sharon Heatherington and Debbie Payne have launched Gyp & Green thanks to help from North Tyneside Council’s The Business Factory.

the opportunity then arose for us to pursue our ambitions and create the perfect flower shop that we have both dreamed of

Sharon Heatherington

The shop, in Earsdon Road in Shiremoor, offers a selection of handmade gifts and homewares by local artists and crafters alongside the full range of floristry services.

Sharon said: “Debbie and I had worked together before in a florist and we always hoped to have our own shop one day.

“Our paths took us in different career directions for a while; however the opportunity then arose for us to pursue our ambitions and create the perfect flower shop that we have both dreamed of.”

Debbie added: “We are both very creative and were keen to set ourselves apart and offer our customers a service that is very personal to their needs.”

“Flowers not only look stunning, but because they have associations with certain times of the year or events, they can evoke memories which make them are truly special gift.”

To get their venture off the ground, the pair accessed a range of services from The Business Factory.

Sharon said: “We have been able to draw upon knowledge that we had gained from different aspects of our careers and through working in other florists, but it was really beneficial to speak with others who could offer an alternative perspective on how to approach areas such as business planning, marketing and utilising social media to help build up our customer base.”

The Business Factory, funded by North Tyneside Council, offers free advice and a wealth of professional support to anyone planning to start a business in North Tyneside.

Coun Bruce Pickard, deputy mayor at North Tyneside Council, said: “Gyp & Green is an excellent example of how The Business Factory can help would-be entrepreneurs with the specialist advice and support that enables them to develop their idea into a sound, commercial venture.

“Sharon and Debbie have the talent, passion and focused approach to their business which will stand them in good stead to make a real success of their new enterprise.”

For more information on how to start your own business, contact The Business Factory on (0191) 605 3110, text START to 81400 or email info@businessfactorynt.co.uk