We know it's hard growing flowers. It rains when you don't want it to, it doesn't rain when you do want it. Mud. Wind. Frost. And all those pests. Growing flowers - and growing to the high quality expected by your customers - is a difficult job.
But growing is only half the story - you then have to sell your flowers. This involves admin that the average grower isn't attracted to or barely has time for: dealing with customer enquiries ... backwards and forwards with emails to say what varieties are in bloom, colours, size, how many are available. And finally once the sale is made it's time to invoice and followup to collect your hard won payment.
Flower Scout is an online marketplace designed for growers, by growers. It's here to help take the hassle out the process. Okay, we can't help with the weather or the weeds, but we can provide a trusted platform for you to display and sell your beautiful flowers as they come into bloom. You sell under your own name so you can build consumer confidence in your own products.
You have your own microstore under your business name showing which local areas you deliver to and what flowers you have available that week. You're in total control of what you show as in stock and can change and update it anytime you like. As orders are made the system adjusts your stock levels automatically. You decide how much your flowers are worth by setting your own pricing and a minimum order amount.
When a florist makes an order you get an email with the details.
And there's no need to worry about chasing up payment - all sales are paid for at time of order through a secure payment gateway. Funds are deposited straight into your bank account every couple of weeks.
We want to help growers reap the benefits of your hard work and have aimed to keep platform fees to an absolute minimum. With wholesalers normally taking about 50% of stem costs to florists and Flower Scout fees are pegged at about a fifth of this, so the vast majority of what you sell goes to you.
Since Flower Scout launched in 2019 we have developed the platform in consultation with independent growers and florists. There's more to do, and our aim is to make selling and buying flowers for each of these groups as easy, frictionless and cost effective as possible. The recurring comments from florists trying to access British Flowers are always access, delivery and knowing what is available. Flower Scout manages this. Thanks to the Scottish Flower Grower Collective for their input.
We want to help you take your sales to florists to the next level. Please get in touch with any questions you might have about how Flower Scout can help you.