Lancashire-based online floristry success story iflorist has won the The Queen's Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in International Trade. In the last two years the company's international sales have grown a staggering 200%.
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 & gifting websites in 20 countries and delivering flowers to homes and businesses in over 110 countries worldwide.
"To be honoured with such a prestigious Royal seal of approval, as is the Queen's Award for Excellence, 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."
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.