Gone to seed: The industry has struggled due to supermarket competition weighing on demand

The Florists industry is made up of all enterprises that specialise in the retailing of flower products and the provision of floristry services, whether products and services are purchased in store or online. The industry excludes non-specialist online retailers, supermarkets and department stores. Competition from these large external players has been a significant challenge for industry operators over the past five years, pushing traditional florists to the fringes of the market. Supermarkets are increasingly viewed as cheap, convenient and quality places to purchase flowers, at the cost of specialist retailers.Industry revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of just 0.6% over the five years through 2018-19 to £1.1 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£1.1bn
Annual Growth 14-19
0.6%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
20,866
Businesses
14,207
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has been affected by competition from supermarkets and department stores
  • Supermarkets are able to offer low prices, which has weighed on demand for industry operators
  • Florists are expected to invest in sustainably sourced products over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The UK Florists industry requires a low level of capital investment since it relies primarily on skilled labour to provide high-value services. Successful industry operators require well-trained and knowledgeable staff with excellent customer service skills. Employees are also required to restock shelves, manage inventory and handle and process sales. The average business in the industry is estimated to operate with a capital-to-labour ratio of 0.04:1 in 2018-19, which implies that for every £1.00 spent on capital, the average firm will spend £23.88 on labour. Industry participants typically incur capital costs through depreciation of fixtures, fittings and technological equipment, such as cash registers. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Florists Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Florists Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Proximity to key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Consumer confidence index in the Florists industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Florists Industry?

    This industry specialises in retailing cut flowers, floral arrangements and potted plants. Industry operators purchase these goods from domestic and international flower growers and wholesalers, and then sell them to the general public. The industry excludes non-specialist online retailers, supermarkets and department stores.

    Industry Products
  • Arranged cut flowers
  • Giftware
  • Unarranged cut flowers
  • Plants
  • Industry Activities
  • Cut flower retailing
  • Potted plant retailing
  • Sale of bouquets and gift baskets
  • Flower arrangement services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Total online expenditure
  • Marriage rate

  • Current Performance
  • Unstable conditions
  • Restricted growth
  • Branching out
  • Small business support
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Uncertain conditions
  • Sustainability
  • Competition
  • Table: Florists Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Florists Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Hotels
  • Funeral Activities
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Flower & Plant Growing
  • Flower & Plant Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Arranged cut flowers
  • Giftware
  • Unarranged cut flowers
  • Plants
  • Chart: Florists Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Event planners
  • Corporate clients
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Florists Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRentUtilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Florists

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Florists Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Florists Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Florists Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cash And Carry
  • A form of sale in which items are sold for cash but without delivery service.
  • Fair Trade
  • Designation that recognises ethical arrangements between vendor and supplier. This includes fair prices and decent working conditions.
  • Relay Organisation
  • Administrators that coordinate a network of florists in service delivery.
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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Florists market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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