Brexit is a huge topic for British florists. So the British Florist Association is working hard to secure the best future for the UK floristry industry. On the European mainland, many questions still remain about the impact of the British exit of the union as well. Not only among florists but also traders, growers and other people involved in the industry…
To understand the significance of Brexit for the UK flower sector, consider this fact: the UK imports no less than 80% of its flowers and ~70% of its plants via the Netherlands. This makes it one of the most important export markets for the Dutch horticultural sector. In 2017, approximately 14% of the total Dutch export of flowers and plants, €837 million, crossed the English Channel!
The British Florist Association is tackling Brexit head-on
The British Florist Association has been doing everything it can to influence the UK government to appreciate the florist’s position in the Brexit negotiations. The BFA has, for example, spearheaded a Brexit group; bringing together some of the most prominent figures and florist industry’s key players. Working together in unity, agreeing on a united UK industry position on Brexit to get the best result for florists.
“The challenges to secure the best possible future for the British florist Industry cannot be overlooked. In order for us to enable the florist businesses to prepare and be ready for the 29th March 2019, we at the BFA are calling on the UK Government to give the British Florist industry certainty on future policy and trading relationship”, the BFA’s Brexit position paper states.
BFA positions regarding Brexit
The BFA is calling on the UK Government to take into consideration the following important issues while it negotiates a new trade deal with the EU:
• To take into account the impact any future tariffs or tax levies may have on flower and plant material.
• To review, streamline or remove any unnecessary and burdensome EU regulations where appropriate.
• A relaxation of EU regulations concerning quality, control of pest and disease of goods, imported and exported.
• To co-operate with other organisations in EU countries.
• To have the ability to import and export without any interference of EU/UK legislation.
• To ensure that Florists can continue to work in the EU.
• To ensure that florists from the EU are able work in the UK.
• To consider the implications of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on small businesses and regulate the UK legislation in line with the EU regulations that will come into force in May 2018.
Much more information about Brexit and its effect on the florist industry can be found on the website of the British Florist Association: here. If you have any specific questions, we would also recommend you get in touch with them.
About the British Florist Association
The BFA is the voice of the independent florist. Founded in 1917, the British Florist Association is currently the only trade body representing the UK’s 7000 independent florist businesses to both government and consumers. The BFA publishes the UK’s only printed trade florist magazine, organises the UK’s only florist industry conference, the UK’s only trade show for florists, as well as nationwide networking and education activities and high-profile floristry competitions including the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, UK Florist of the Year at BBC Gardeners’ World Live and the WorldSkillsUK floristry heats.