New business is blossoming for Thetford florist

Shelley Worsley, whose husband is in the RAF and currently based at Honington, took a course at Wolverhamtpon University designed to give military spouses the skills to start up their own business which is transferable and can move with their partners' placements.'She runs her business, Wild Stems, from a workshop in her garage and has been trading since January this year. ANL-150217-213149009
Shelley Worsley, whose husband is in the RAF and currently based at Honington, took a course at Wolverhamtpon University designed to give military spouses the skills to start up their own business which is transferable and can move with their partners' placements.'She runs her business, Wild Stems, from a workshop in her garage and has been trading since January this year. ANL-150217-213149009
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A military wife who gained self-confidence through a university course is celebrating the successful opening of her own business in Thetford.

Shelley Worsley, 30, had a passion for floristry from young age but turned down an apprenticeship at a florists in Kent to go to university.

Now based in Thetford with military husband Billy, 29, who is placed at RAF Honington, Shelley took a free course at Wolverhampton University and started up her own floristry business, Wild Stems, in January.

“It’s a really exciting time for me, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how successful it’s been so far,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to get back into the industry. Now, being self-employed, I can fit my job around my family.”

Shelley discovered the course while looking for a way to get back into work after having their two daughters, now three and seven months.

“In areas with a military profile, employers see your background and often write you off,” said Shelley.

“Continually being turned down for even very simple jobs it is a real kick in the teeth.”

The Dependents’ Business Start Up Programme is designed to give military spouses transferable skills to start a business which is not geographically restricted.

Shelley said: “The business and finance side put me off becoming self-employed, but the course helps with all that.

“It’s about empowering people like me to be self-employe. I can’t praise it enough.”

Shelley is also doing floristry workshops at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford, with the first on March 13 geared around Mother’s Day.