A Rotherham entrepreneur has launched an eco-friendly flower farm business with support from UKSE.
Liz Baxter was unable to carry out her usual work as an executive assistant due to the restrictions put in place during the Covid-19 crisis.
She was inspired to launch Side Farm Flowers, which produces sustainable British flowers using environmentally friendly technology, including a cold greenhouse and water sourced from a borehole.
The farm also houses some beehives nearby, which pollinate the flowers, and the honey is then also sold at the farm.
Based in Thurcroft, the business is already targeting expansion just four months after its launch, with Baxter partnering with eco-florist Hannah Jackson from The Garden of Evie to accommodate more orders from event planners and venues that stage occasions such as weddings, baby showers, and hen dos.
To meet the growing demand, Baxter has now invested in further materials and equipment to allow her to increase production, having secured a Kickstart grant from UKSE, which provides finance of up to £1.5m to growing companies as well as support to start-ups.
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