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Green-fingered Ellie Truscott has always had a passion for all thing’s nature, and the journey she embarked on that led her to opening The Flower Press Shop in Truro is certainly an organic one.

With a background in gardening, fate led Ellie to consider a future in Floristry when a close friend enlisted her to be her wedding florist. Since then, Ellie has completed a City and Guilds qualification in Floristry, and she has never looked back.

When a flower shop in Truro’s Lemon Street Market went up for sale, Ellie knew she could not let this opportunity pass. From working in the market herself, she knew the shop was in a prime location, meaning she was able to put together a robust business plan with in-depth market analysis.

Flower Shop


However, Ellie’s initial reach out to the bank was unsuccessful as the business did not fit their criteria. This is where SWIG Finance stepped in.

Ellie contacted SWIG’s Business Manager, Mark Thayre, who supported her with her application so that she could succeed in her request for funding. SWIG Finance were delighted to provide Ellie’s budding floristry business with the funds needed to buy the assets of the shop.

Ellie has now opened doors and its clear from just glancing at the business that she has put her own stamp on it, with her quirky personality now ingrained into the business.

With products ranging from bouquets and indoor plants, to pressed flowers and dried flower confetti, alternativeness is at the very roots of The Flower Press, where Ellie often mixes alternative and rustic materials into her arrangements to make them unique and stand out from the crowd.

We are happy to report that business is blossoming for Ellie, with 3 customers wandering in during the brief time we were there to take her photograph.

If you’re a small business looking to expand in the Southwest, get in touch with our Business Managers to find out how we can help.