Ex-pat blossoms in a new career in Sheffield

Florist Sam Coventry who has been shortlisted for a prestigious award after only one year in business
Florist Sam Coventry who has been shortlisted for a prestigious award after only one year in business
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Life has been rosy for New Zealand native Sam Coventry since she upped sticks and moved to Sheffield.

The florist has been nominated for a national award just 12 months after going into business alone.

Mother-of-two Sam abandoned a successful career as an interior designer to set up shop from home in Oughtibridge.

From humble beginnings Fantail Designer Florist has gone on to build a reputation as one of the best in the business, providing bouquets and displays for all occasions.

But it is in the world of wedding floristry where the 35-year-old has flourished – and now she has been shortlisted for an award by leading bridal website hitched.co.uk.

Sam, who moved to Sheffield more than a decade ago, is up for a Breakthrough Award, recognising the success of newcomers to the business.

She said: “I am delighted to be nominated for an award so soon after starting out.

“I never thought I’d be nationally recognised.”

Sam still has her own range of furniture for sale in the UK, but is focusing on Fantail Designer Florist while her daughters Lilian, five, and three-year-old Isabella are growing up.

She is still influenced by her old home in New Zealand’s South Island.

Sam said: “My parents were originally from southern England so I always had family over here. I moved 13 years ago and ended up in Sheffield.

“After having two children I decided it was time for a more hands-on career and floristry was something I could operate from home and utilise my designs elements to their fullest.

“I’ve done lots of weddings and they’ve all been really nice brides. I haven’t had any strange requests yet, thankfully. It’s all nice, lovely stuff like the hanging wooden hearts I make.”

The award shortlist was produced by a panel of industry experts examining businesses across the UK.

Members of the public can help Sam be crowned winner by voting online.

n Visit the website www.hitched.co.uk/HBA/vote/ to show your support to the adopted Sheffielder.