What do flowers, AutoTrader and Crowdfunder have in common? Successful business –Blank Flowers!
In 2013, young entrepreneur Blanka, after training from The Prince’s Trust, was ready to run with her new business but the only thing slowing Blanka down was a lack of transport which she needed to help her to bulk-buy plants from the flower markets in and around London.
Auto Trader stepped in and agreed to provide £3,000 of match funding if Blanka could raise some of the funds needed to buy a vehicle. Blanka then turned to Crowdfunder to help her to raise the funds she needed to accept the fantastic match-fund offer. Against a target of £3,000, she managed to raise £3,080 from 59 backers, enabling her to heartily welcome the agreed match funding and set off on the road to business success.
We caught up with Blanka to see how she was getting on after her successful Crowdfunder campaign. Her first comment to us was that the car, which Auto Trader had part-funded, had helped her business take off! Over the last year Blank Flowers has branched out into providing plants for weddings and other events so not only has the car enabled her to bulk-buy the plants she needs, it has also meant she can transport them safely across London.
Now that the Summer is moving through Autumn and into Winter, Blanka is looking forward to being busy with her business for Halloween and Christmas. She’s already taking orders for both and is happy to talk to callers looking for some spooky plants for Halloween fun or for a special twist on a Christmas gift. She’s also lining up some more events including a Prince’s Trust Christmas event and Christmas fairs.
Blanka and her business are a perfect example of how young entrepreneurs can be supported by bigger brands, not only though match-funding, but the exciting business education that comes with running a crowdfunding campaign. Visit Blanka’s website here.
For top tips on how you can crowdfund your business, visit the Crowdfunder Guide, and if you’d like to start your own Crowdfunder campaign… add your project and get started.