Tracey goes it alone to start floral business

Business ideas can come from the most unlikely of sources – for Tracey Skinner, inspiration came in the form of a funeral.

As the 48-year-old looked at wreaths and flower arrangements, she realised making floral tributes was something she could do herself.

The single mother-of-three, who had been unemployed for a decade, took a floristry course two years ago and has now set up her own business, Tracey’s Bespoke Floral Tributes.

“I know how it feels to lose someone close to you,” said Tracey, whose father, Barry, died from lung cancer in 2011.

“I am committed to making sure the funeral flowers I arrange are put together with sensitivity.”

Tracey, from Cats Lane in Great Cornard, has already made bereavement bouquets for family and friends and is currently working from her home.

She is set to receive a £750 Enterprise Allowance grant to help her business in April.

“I’m excited to be going self-employed because this is something I enjoy doing and I have wanted to come off benefits for a long time,” she said.

Tracey has pledged to give five per cent of her profits to the Sudbury branch of Cancer Research UK on Market Hill.

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