Bridget McCreery is the owner of Knutsford Bloom, a florist located in Knutsford, Cheshire. They ran the business from premises based in the middle of Knutsford for nearly seven years, and now recently moved to new premises in the autumn of 2017, and has become more of a mobile florist. Being a florist is a family affair that started back in 1980, so for many years, Bridget has been a business owner along with being a member of the Forum.
Bridget told the Forum that when they first started the floristry business they didn’t have the business support they needed, and going back to 1980 they now realise that the support that they have now wasn’t available. There were an awful lot of business decisions that they got wrong at the time, but when they took on Knutsford Bloom they were determined to get it right from the beginning. It was important to Bridget and her family to turn the business around and make it profitable and successful.
One of the first times Bridget used the Forum of Private Business was for HR support, with an employment issue that they were unsure about how to approach and how to deal with it. Bridget quotes that "The Forum supported us and they became a great knowledge base for us, and we have now used the Forum for any query about 'business' we may have. We find the Forum are a great help to our business and certainly a great support".
Bridget recommends the Forum of Private Business regularly and is a great advocate of our membership. "If anybody approached me and said they were starting a new business I would say get involved straight away, and join the Forum of Private Business". They’re there right from the beginning of starting a business, and they have got so much information available for members, so much help that they can give. There's no point in trying to go it alone. Make the most of it and join".