Reaseheath College in Cheshire has become the first in the UK to integrate a cutting edge software management system into its floristry teaching.
The Strelitzia software is an intuitive programme which incorporates all aspects of running a floristry shop into one system. Used widely throughout the industry in this country and abroad, it enables shops and managers to communicate efficiently with each other and with suppliers through structured links into the industry’s web-based systems. This speeds up processes from ordering and organising deliveries to completing invoices, preparing reports and tracking marketing techniques.
The top-of-the-range technology is being introduced to Reaseheath floristry teaching staff this month and will be incorporated into student lessons from March. It will become an established part of all courses from Level 2 Diploma in Floristry upwards from September 2015. The department also plans to run short courses so it can share knowledge and training on the system with local floristry businesses.
Sue Poole, Programme Leader for Floristry, explained: “This software system brings the day to day running of floristry shops up to speed with today’s retail world. It is definitely the way forward and we are proud to be the first college to incorporate the technology into our courses. We view it as a very positive move, as these additional skills can only improve the employability and entrepreneurship of our students.”
Mark Bennett, a Director of Strelitzia Software, said: “We are delighted that Reaseheath College recognises the importance of educating florists early about the benefits of a software management system.”