London Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Award


Responsible Procurement Awards

Arena Flowers were excited about being shortlisted for the Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Awards in December 2010.  We had a great evening at City Hall and thought we’d take a moment to tell you about it.

What are the Responsible Procurement Awards?

The Responsible Procurement awards themselves are there to recognise contributions made by suppliers to and staff of the Greater London Authority (GLA) group towards procurement delivering significant social and environmental benefits.  A bit of a mouthful but essentially, responsible procurement within the GLA group is a policy to ensure that procurement delivers environmental benefits, social benefits and economic efficiency.  This stimulates the GLA group internally and also external suppliers to work on meeting environmental, social and economic objectives.  The award ceremony itself is to recognise those internally, or external suppliers who’ve successfully gone the extra mile to make their business or area more environmental, socially responsible and efficient.

For example, the winner of the Ethical Sourcing internal award was Phil Roddy, who has worked with London Underground’s uniform procurement.  Phil won his award as a result of his work with uniform manufacturers, meaning that London Underground staff’s fleece jackets are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Arena Flowers responsible procurement

Arena Flowers' Will and Pascale with London Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes

Why were we shortlisted?

Arena Flowers was entered into the environmental sustainability category of the awards. We deliver flowers to individuals across the UK and we also supply Transport For London with a flower and gift delivery service.  Our environmental credentials are strong; being the first UK florist to sell “Fair Flowers Fair Plants” flowers, we are the only florist in the Good Shopping Guide’s ethical supplier directory and we won an Online Green Award from the IMRG in 2008.

We have an unusual buying process for our flowers. We buy our flowers directly (one of the Arena Flowers buyers is at the flower auctions in Holland at 5am each morning), meaning that we cut out extra cost and extra time getting flowers from growers to the customer – this means the flowers spend less time in expensive energy-consuming fridges (and also last longer for the recipients).  Buying directly and selecting stems ourselves ensures not only the quality of the flowers but it also means we can buy exactly what we need, so wastage is reduced.

But it’s not just the flowers, we also use carbon neutral hosting of our website and print our cards on paper from sustainable sources (and where possible, with vegetable-base inks!).  Flowers couriered in boxes are in boxes made from recycled paper. We also recycle all our paper, printer cartridges, cardboard and green waste.  And we sell organic wines to add to orders too.

View from City Hall, London

Awards night

The award ceremony itself was held at City Hall in London – an amazing building with fantastic views and it was very nice to meet London Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes.  Richard is also a member of the London Assembly for Ealing and Hillingdon, so we hope to see him at Flowers HQ some time soon.

Although we didn’t win the award, it was a great evening to find out what other suppliers and GLA staff are up to.  The award trophies themselves were made from waste timber from New Scotland Yard.  For us this reinforced the message that it’s not just the big things that matter to ensure an environmentally responsible business, but also the small things we can do day to day.  Something which we are constantly mindful of at Arena Flowers.

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Press Release – 12 January 2011 (US) Selects (Europe) to Offer International Flower Delivery Service to Americans

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Christmas Flowers Competition – Vote for the Winner


Christmas Flowers - let the voting begin

**Voting now closed. Many congratulations to our winner, Yasmin B who chose the name “Mistletoe Blush”.  We have sent out her order and hope she enjoys the flowers and treats! Congratulations, Yasmin.**

We’ve had a huge number of responses to the competition and thank you to everyone who entered.  It has been no easy feat to decide on the finalists, all the ideas were great, festive and fun and a fair amount of punning.  We loved them.

We did, however, have to whittle it down to 15 finalists and now we turn it over to you all to vote for your winner.  Just to remind you (so you consider carefully where you cast your vote).  The winner is to receive a gorgeous Christmas gift set with a deluxe version of the bouquet, some delicious gift-wrapped Belgian chocolates and a Christmas teddy bear from our Christmas flowers range.

Please vote for your winner below.  Voting closes on the 15th of December and the winner shall be announced shortly thereafter.

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Christmas Flowers Competition – Name a Bouquet…Win A Prize?


Entry is now closed! We’ll soon be revealing the 15 finalists. Come back then to vote for your favourite!

We make new bouquets from time to time.  Ok, we make a lot of new bouquets all the time.  Our florists delight in it, their creative juices flow.  The product team love to photograph them and then put them up on the site for you to enjoy and send to friends and family.  Sometimes, however, we do have problems coming up with names for our bouquets.  So to launch our new range of Christmas flowers we thought we’d ask for your help.

In return, the winner will receive a wonderful Christmas bundle including a deluxe version of the Christmas bouquet, some delicious gift-wrapped chocolates and a cute Christmas teddy bear.  You can send this to the recipient of your choosing (or to yourself of course), to arrive for Christmas.

Here’s how it works.

Leave your name suggestion for this bouquet in the comments of this blog post (here) before Friday the 3rd of December 2010 (please remember to include your email address in the email field).  We will choose the top suggestions and then the public vote shall begin!  Voting will end on the 10th of December and the winner will not only have a bouquet which they have named, but also a lovely prize which they can send to anyone of their choice for Christmas.

The spoils.

The winner will be treated to a deluxe version of the bouquet (worth £60), a beautifully gift-wrapped box of delicious chocolates and a very cute and festive teddy bear.

Christmas Flowers Competition

Some handy hints.

There are no rules for the naming (however, we can’t call the bouquet something which is already being used, if you’d like to check the name hasn’t already been used please see our Christmas flowers), you can make it as silly or personal as you like.  To get you started:

  • Names including Christmas song titles work well
  • Puns and rhymes on Christmas themes are clever and catchy

Thinking caps on and…. Good Luck!

Our Terms and Conditions.

1. This competition is open to all nationals (over the age of 18), however delivery restricted to the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands only.

2. Period of promotion: Name Suggestions must be entered in the comments field below this post between Monday 22nd November 2010 until Friday 3rd December 2010, inclusive, UK time.  Arena Online Ltd reserves the right to revise this date and extend the period.

3. Voting on the short-list of names will start on the 3rd December and end at 16:00 GMT 10th December 2010, when the winner will be announced.

3. The winner will be awarded a deluxe version of the bouquet, 200g gift-wrapped luxury chocolates and a festive Christmas teddy bear.

4. The lucky nominees will have the suggestion submitted used on this site for purposes related to the competition, so please be happy with this before entering the competition.

5. If you have any questions or queries relating to this promotion, please contact our team via

6. If we believe anyone is abusing the promotion or seeking to defraud Arena Online Ltd we reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to rescind this or any other offer without notice.  We believe in fairness.

7. The competition is as stated and there will be no alternative offer or cash substitute.

8. By entering the competition, customers will be deemed to be bound by and have accepted these terms and conditions.  Entrants must read and accept the website terms and conditions and privacy statement to be eligible.

9. By entering the competition you will automatically be signed up to the Arena newsletter, aimed at offering exclusive deals and promotions, we will not spam you.

10. English law applies and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceedings in connection with this competition.

11. Arena Online Ltd reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions in the event of circumstances arising beyond its reasonable control.


Friendship Works’ Stars at the Almeida



We’ve been pretty quiet on the blog recently. Don’t worry, we’re still here and up to lots of things as usual but there was one thing we’ve been getting involved in and I wanted to give it a bit of a thumbs up here on the blog.

Friendship Works is a registered charity in the UK which has been providing mentoring and support for children for over 30 years. The charity relies on volunteer mentors who support a child on a long-term basis by meeting up with them weekly, for a trip to the park, or the zoo – or whatever they decide to do. All of the children supported are from vulnerable backgrounds and facing difficulties such as low incomes, domestic violence, bereavement or long-term illness.

It seems the simplest of concepts, but it gives the child a reliable respite from their problems at home. For the volunteers, it gives them a chance to make a small difference to a young person who needs some better times.

Friendship Works takes an unusual approach, as it requires the volunteers to commit to 2 years of mentoring. The charity believes this type of long-term stability is exactly what these children need. It also provides a chance for the volunteers to really get to know their ward and let the relationship develop. Picking flowers

Arena Flowers are involved because we like to support charities when we can, and this year we’ll be providing gifts to be auctioned at their charity evening this month (28th November). If winning some Arena Flowers’ flowers and gifts isn’t reason enough to be interested, the event: “An Evening with the Stars” features support from Sir Ian McKellen, Kevin Spacey, Bill Paterson, Richard Stilgoe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Dame Eileen Atkins and friends who are all supporting Friendship Works for this one-off event. Each star will perform their personal choice of theatre, poetry or music on the theme of childhood. There is a cocktail reception before the show and a private dinner with the stars afterwards. For more information and to purchase tickets: