Lancashire online business iflorist scoops exporter of the year

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East Lancashire online florist, iflorist, is celebrating a blooming marvelous year, after scooping yet another prestigious business award.

David Price outside iflorist member shop

Managing Director David Price outside an iflorist member shop

Managing Director David Price says: “It’s fantastic to see so many local businesses competing on a global stage."

East Lancashire online florist, iflorist, is celebrating a blooming marvelous year, after scooping yet another prestigious business award.

Padiam-based iflorist came away with the Export Award at the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards 2012, as well as being shortlisted in the Innovation and Technology category.

The awards attracted over 100 nominations this year, and was the biggest in the event’s history.

This latest recognition comes hot on the heels of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which was awarded to iflorist for their outstanding achievement in International Trade.

Managing Director David Price says: “It’s fantastic to see so many local businesses competing on a global stage.

“It is quite remarkable what we’ve achieved in an extremely difficult climate. We have grown our international business in excess of 200% in the last year alone and now have websites in ten languages and six currencies.

“In business terms the internet has made the world a smaller place, so we’ve used this technology as well as cultural knowledge to build country specific sites. Next year we envisage we’ll have over 70 websites all over the world.”

iflorist has also been shortlisted for three prestigious ecommerce awards this year, including Small e-Retailer of the Year, International e-Retailer of the Year and Best e-Retailer Delivery at the prestigious eCommerce Awards for Excellence 2012 in October, as well as in the consumer and leisure category of the 2012 Insider International Trade Awards in December.

Founded in 2006 by David Price and Steven Harris, Colonial Gifts Limited is the name behind familiar brands iflorist.co.uk and ihampers.co.uk, operating both floral and gifting websites in 20 countries and delivering flowers to homes and businesses in over 110 countries worldwide.

Research into worldwide local markets has allowed iflorist to understand the culture of each country, positioning itself in the same arena as any other local florist in that country thanks to an in-depth understanding of differing requirements in markets across the globe.

Clever use of technology ensures that iflorist is able to accept over 80 types of credit card via its global payment gateway which also understands the local geography in any given country.

Delivering flowers within 4 hours across the globe has given iflorist an enviable reputation for quality and service.

In the UK alone, iflorist has a network of over 1,700 skilled local florists, each of whom is able to connect to upwards of 20,000 overseas florists.

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