Lancashire online business iflorist in the hunt for top ecommerce awards

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Online floristry success story iflorist is in the running for not one but three prestigious ecommerce awards.

Managing Director David Price outside an iflorist member shop

“To be shortlisted in three categories is a real testament to the passion and commitment of our entire team. Fingers crossed we come home with some silverware."

Online floristry success story iflorist is in the running for not one but three prestigious ecommerce awards.

Padiam-based iflorist has been shortlisted for three major gongs, 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 London.

This recent 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.

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.

“To be shortlisted in three categories is a real testament to the passion and commitment of our entire team,” said Managing Director David Price.

“It is quite remarkable what has been achieved in such a short period of time.

“Global expansion is not for the faint hearted but having a local understanding in each country has been key to our success. We have websites in 10 languages and 6 six currencies, with technology being the key instrument to our rapid growth.

“Fingers crossed we will bring home some silverware.”

Research into worldwide local markets has allowed iflorist to understand the culture of each country, positioning themselves 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 are able to accept over 80 types of credit card via their 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. The company employs 15 people and is based at Ribble Court, Padiham.

The eCommerce Awards for Excellence will take place at the Brewery, Chiswell Street on the 2nd October.

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