Florist Helen Banks wins award of excellence

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A FLORIST has achieved an award for excellence after training with City & Guilds.

Helen Banks, of Glinton, trained full time for two years at Shuttleworth College, Bedford, and Barnfield College, Luton, after giving up her career in financial services.

She now runs her own business, Helen Jane Floristry, and organises flower arranging workshops.

She said: “My life had become a juggling act with a busy job in financial services, a long daily commute down to London and little time left to spend with my family.

“I have always been a keen gardener and it wasn’t long before I knew my passion for flowers was something that I wanted to pursue as a career. But I also knew that it would take a lot of hard work to learn new skills and launch a business at this stage in my life.”

Mrs Banks enrolled on the City & Guilds course two years ago.