Business is blooming for a young florist who has taken on an apprentice from her old college.

Lauren Henderson, aged 21, completed level three floristry at East Durham College last year, before opening her shop in July.

“It’s been a mad few weeks, but business is going really well,” she said. The shop, in Sunderland, is named Ray of Sunshine in honour of Lauren’s grandfather, Ray.

It has quickly become so popular that Lauren has been able to take on 25-year-old Danielle Johnson as an apprentice.

“I loved my time at college,” said Lauren, who initially started A-levels before switching to floristry.

“I still keep in touch with my old lecturers, who continue to give me advice and guidance today, and the same lecturers are also now helping Danielle.”

Featured image caption: From right: Florist Lauren Henderson with new apprentice Danielle Johnson

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