Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The United Kingdom is one of the largest markets for flowers and plants in Europe. Flowers like roses, daffodils, tulips, chrysanthemums and lilies are popular at events such as weddings and funerals, as well as on occasions like Valentine's Day. Most flowers and plants are imported, with the Netherlands accounting for the vast majority of industry imports.
During the past five years, the industry has performed relatively well, given the challenging economic backdrop. Rising retail flower prices and increasing demand for locally sourced flowers and plants helped the industry record strong growth. Consumers have become increasingly interested in the provenance of goods, which has helped fuel demand for British-grown flowers and plants... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Flower and Plant Growing industry has a moderate level of capital intensity. For every £1.00 industry operators spend on capital, £4.25 is spent on labour. This is not completely consistent with the majority of agricultural industries, which typically have a high level of capital intensity because of the large amount of machinery used. The difference stems from the delicate nature of plants and flowers that need more attention than other crops. Labour is usually required to carry out the following tasks: weeding, land preparation, pruning, disease control and harvesting. Some sectors of the industry, such as flower growing, require a higher degree of manual labour, due to the extra care involved in their cultivation... purchase to read more