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Flower delivery company plans 20 jobs with £500k investment

An online flower shop which brings handpicked plants straight to its customers’ doors has secured a £500,000 investment.

Nottingham-based Lazy Flora will using the money to build a new e-commerce platform and increase its marketing.

It has won the backing of venture capital firm Midven, through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), in a deal that will create over 20 new jobs over the next three years.

The investment will help to expand Lazy Flora’s marketing efforts – building on its success over the last 12 months which has seen its revenues increase by 600 per cent, following increased demand for its online plant delivery service.

The company will also use the investment to further develop its product range and improve its e-commerce capabilities.

The new jobs will come over the next three years, supporting its continued growth and meeting customer demand.

The business was founded by Claire Ransom in 2017 when she spotted potential for selling good quality plants online.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this game-changing investment from Midven.

“The Lazy Flora family is a close-knit, passionate team, who have been dreaming big and taking decisive action for the past three years.

“We have the beginnings of a truly exceptional team and product and are so excited to now be able to execute the ambitious plans we have for the business.”

Midven director Roger Wood said: “Having established itself in a sphere that is disrupting the traditional customer journey in the world of plants, Lazy Flora is a great example of a business that has a clear strategy to accelerate its growth journey.

“Claire is a passionate and ambitious founder, and we look forward to working with her to make the business a great success.”

Sajeeda Rose, chief executive, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I’m delighted to see the Midlands Engine Investment Fund supporting dynamic and ambitious businesses.

“Lazy Flora is a great example of a firm innovating and adapting to accelerate growth and provide job opportunities, supporting our collective ambitions to rebuild and grow our economy.”

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