Simon J Lycett Ltd
"When I'm working overseas away from the Flower Market, it's as though I've had a limb removed!" says Simon Lycett, one of the countries' most sought-after event florists who buys all his cut flowers and foliage and many of his plants and sundries from the Flower Market.
Simon or his buyer, Julie Thompson, are in the Flower Market by 5am most days. For them, the Flower Market is essential to standing out as a florist. "The problem with many florists is that they are all selling exactly the same products," says Simon.
"Buying at market is quite an easy way to make a difference. You have the pick of the world here. It sounds like a cliché, but you really do. Look around and you come across a quirky little box of something from the other side of the world, things that you will never see again. You find exciting boxes of English flowers. You see stuff you would never dream of. You spot combinations of flowers that you would never have thought of putting together, but that work. You can never be stale if you buy in the Flower Market."
"Buying at market is quite an easy way to make a difference. You have the pick of the world here. You can never be stale if you buy in the Flower Market."